Terres solidaires

The “Terres solidaires” collection was created in 2007, to strengthen the circulation of African literature in the Francophone space. Publishing houses that contribute to the collection are based in sub-Saharan Africa and in North Africa. Initially created to republish books written by African writers published in France and make them accessible to an African readership through the solidarity co-publishing process, it is now republishing books originally appearing on African publishers’ lists. Such is the case with Munyal, les larmes de la patience, by Djaïli Amadou Amal, the 13th title of the collection, originally published in 2017 by Proximité publishing, based in Yaoundé, Cameroun.

Publishers select texts and work in close collaboration throughout the editorial process. The principle of a selling price adapted to the buying power of the readership (on average 3 500 FCFA, or 5 Euros) remains one of its pillars.

The collection is supported since its inception by the International Organisation of the Francophonie (www.francophonie.org). It is coordinated by the International Alliance of Independent Publishers.

Books published in the “Terres solidaires” collection:

2006:

  • L’Ombre d’Imana, Véronique Tadjo (Actes Sud for the original version, France)

2008:

  • De l’autre côté du regard, Ken Bugul (Le Serpent à plumes for the original version, France);
  • Sozaboy, Ken Saro-Wiwa (Actes Sud for the original version, France)

2009:

  • Kaveena, Boubacar Boris Diop (Philippe Rey for the original version, France);
  • Jazz et vin de palme, Emmanuel Dongala (Hachette International for the original version, France)

2011:

  • Mandela et moi, Lewis Nkosi (éditions Actes Sud for the original version, France);
  • Trop de soleil tue l’amour, Mongo Beti (Julliard for the original version, France)

2013:

  • Loin de mon père, Véronique Tadjo (Actes Sud for the original version, France);
  • La civilisation, ma Mère !…, Driss Chraibi (Denoël for the original version, France)

2016:

  • La Saison de l’ombre, Léonora Miano (Grasset for the original version, France/ prix Fémina)

2017:

  • Ceux qui sortent dans la nuit, Mutt-Lon (Grasset for the original version, France);
  • Palestine, Huberd Haddad (Zulma for the original version, France/ Cinq Continents prize)

2019:

  • Munyal, les larmes de la patience, Djaïli Amadou Amal (éditions Proximité for the original version, Cameroon/ Orange prize for best book in Africa)
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