L’idée de Dieu chez Ahmadou Kourouma et Calyxthe Beyala: une étude comparée

Ndongo Kamdem Alphonse


As a communicator, the writer must abstain from a sort of euphoric writing that lays emphasis on the obscene, without derision, and this, at the expense of the spiritual life. Man is made of spirit and flesh, obviously. One cannot satisfy the body while ‘killing’ the spirit, nor the spirit at the expense of the body. Happiness derives from the perfect balance between the physique and the spirit, and far from being a bet, it is the duty of humans to work to attain this equilibrium, both from Christian and Islamic perspectives. This article examines not only the semantic implications of the titles of Kourouma’s and Beyala’s Allah n’est pas obligé and Seul le diable le savait, but also how the ‘neglect’ of God (that starts with the titles), ‘flown at half-mast’, automatically leads man to ‘shirk’ and carpe diem, without morality and without hope.





Body, spirit, semantic implications, shirk, carpe diem

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