Joseph Diouf is lying on the wet grass of the Montsouris Park in Paris pondering over his miserable existence. At 42 years old, he feels much older. His soul is crushing under the heavy secret of his homosexuality, his body is worn down by twenty-five years of imprisonment. He oscillates between the desire to die and that of starting from scratch.
Khadi Hane, author of senegalese origin, wrote a bold novel, given all the themes developed in her novel. Seeing that the theme of homosexuality is considered “taboo” in Africa, I find courageous that she spoke about it in her book. The prison system in Africa, particularly in Senegal, is not known to be soft. Moreover, what is commonly called “the yellow peril”, talking about the chinese invasion in Africa is another theme of the book that challenged me immensely.