A literary scandal broke out in France years ago that has long since been forgotten: the “Yambo Ouologuem case”. A young man from what is now Mali aroused in 1968 in Paris He caused a stir with his first novel, won an important literary prize and was acclaimed for his stroke of genius – for his unbridled French, his profound literary education and his radicalism. But the crash followed promptly. He was accused of multiple plagiarism, the indignation was great, the publisher dropped him and stopped selling his work, the shame drove the young man back to Mali. There he is lost.