145pp., paperback, Reprint, London (2020) 2021
First published in French in 2018 as Frère d'âme. First published in English in the UK in 2020.
Winner of the 2021 International Booker Prize, the LA Times Book Prize for fiction and the Prix Goncourt de Lycéens, amongst other awards.
Childhood friends Alfa and Mademba are two Senegalese soldiers fighting in World War I. After Mademba is killed Alfa devotes himself to the war - and slowly descends into madness.
"This slight book is an extraordinarily powerful exploration of what happens to the souls of men sent to kill and be killed" The Times, Historical Fiction Books of the Year
"An unrelenting take on war, race, masculinity, and colonialism" Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer
"By the time we reach its shocking yet ultimately transcendent ending, the story has turned into something mystical ... A great new African writer" Chigozie Obioma, New York Times
David Diop was born in Paris in 1966 and grew up in Senegal. He now lives in France, where he is a professor of eighteenth century literature at the University of Pau. He is the author of the novel 1889, l'Attraction universelle (2012).