David Diop

Finalist, 2023 National Book Awards

David Diop was born in Paris and was raised in Senegal. He is the head of the Arts, Languages, and Literature Department at the University of Pau, where his research includes such topics as 18th-century French literature and European representations of Africa in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Beyond the Door of No Return

ISBN 9780374606770 Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers

Paris, 1806. The renowned botanist Michel Adanson lies on his deathbed, the masterwork to which he dedicated his life still incomplete. As he expires, the last word to escape his lips is a woman’s name: Maram. More about this book >

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David Diop

David Diop was born in Paris and was raised in Senegal. He is the head of the Arts, Languages, and Literature Department at the University of Pau, where his research includes such topics as 18th-century French literature and European representations of Africa in the 17th and 18th centuries. His second novel, At Night All Blood Is Black, was awarded the International Booker Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction.

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