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Abstract

Ibrahim Khalil Diare is a relatively new Guinean author whose many works bring a new and sensitive light to the traditions and political development of his country. Educated for the most part in Guinean schools, he travelled to Europe for study in the area of radio broadcasting. He has subsequently worked as a press correspondent in Moscow, Director of Radio-Guinée, and currently as Cabinet Attaché to his country's Minister of External Affairs. Mr. Diare grew up in a country in the throes of an intense struggle for independence. He lived as a child under the French colonial regime, and was there as a young man to experience Guinea's vibrant entry into the world of independent nations, when, in the famous referendum of 1958, the people of Guinea, alone among their African neighbors, unanimously voted “No” to the proposed French constitution, and thus, cut themselves off from the other French territories which had accepted it. Sekou Touré, the President of Guinea, has since led his country along a path that has been neither smooth nor easy. Periodically, diplomatic relations with various foreign nations, including France, Britain, and the United States, became strained to the point of temporary dissolution. In 1966, Touré welcomed to Guinea the controversial, exiled Kwame Nkrumah, former President of Ghana. Since independence, the Democratic Party of Guinea (P.D.G.) headed by Touré, has been the sole political party in Guinea. In this story, Mr. Diare carries the reader through a micro-cosmic journey of Guinea's transitions, as he reflects and articulates the intensity of a nation whose citizens cannot afford the ambivalence of political disinterest.