Mohamed Mbougar Sarr


November 28, 2021

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr (Dakar, June 20, 1990 -) is a Senegalese writer who won the Goncourt Prize in 2021 for his novel La Plus Secrète Mémoire des hommes.

Your career

His father was a doctor. The writer grew up in Diourbel. He completed his high school studies at the Prytanée militaire in Saint-Louis. He then moved to France and completed CPGE (classe préparatoire aux grandes écoles) at the Pierre-d'Ailly school in Compiègne. He then enrolled at the renowned École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS, School of Upper Social Sciences), where he studied Senegalese literature, but did not write his dissertation because he devoted his time to fiction. His short story La Cale (2014) on the slave trade won the Prix Stéphane-Hessel. His 2015 novel, Terre ceinte, describes the life of a fictional Sahelian village controlled by Islamist jihadist militias. In the same year he won the Prix Ahmadou-Kourouma at the Salon du livre in Geneva. He also won the 2015 Grand Prix du Roman métis of Saint-Denis de La Réunion and the 2015 Prix du Roman métis des lycéens. He won a bronze medal in the literature category at the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie for his short story Ndënd. His second novel, Silence du chœur (2017), which presents the everyday lives of African immigrants in Sicily, won the prix littérature monde at the Étonnants Voyageurs festival in Saint-Malo. In November 2021, she won the Goncourt Prize for her novel La plus secrète mémoire des hommes (Men’s Most Secret Memory). He is the first sub-Saharan African to win this prestigious award. At 31, he is the youngest Goncourt Prize winner since Patrick Grainville’s 1976 victory.

His works

2014: La cale 2015: Terre ceinte (Éditions Présence Africaine) 2021: Brotherhood (Europa Editions) 2017: Silence du chœur (Éditions Présence Africaine) 2018: De purs hommes (Éditions Philippe Rey) 2021: La plus secrète mémoire des hommes ('The Most Secret Memory of Men') (Editions Philippe Rey / Jimsaan)


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