Ousmane Diarra

Born in Bassala in Mali, Ousmane Diarra lost his parents at the age of two. As a boy, he devoured the boxes of books that were delivered by the Red Cross workers who provided aid during the years of terrible drought and locust swarms in his country. A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Bamako (a Master’s degree in Contemporary Literature), he taught French for two years. Diarra is currently a librarian at the French Institute of Mali. Story writer, poet and novelist, Diarra is also an author of children’s books and a storyteller. In this capacity, he has participated in many events across Mali and abroad in countries such as France. 

After having published several short stories, Diarra finally felt legitimised in his deep love of literature with his highly acclaimed first novel entitled Vieux Lézard. With his second novel, Pagne de femme, he penned a much wider and more ambitious novel, which is considered historic in every sense of the word. La route des clameurs, released in September 2014, is his third novel.



La route des clameurs, 2014, Gallimard

Pagne de femme, 2007, Gallimard

Voyage au bout de ma peine, 2010, in African Renaissances Africaines, Silvana Editoriale, Bruxelle

Vieux lézard, 2006, Gallimard

L’avenue de lauriers, 2006, Lansman, nouvelle

Les Ombres de la nuit, 2002, Le Manuscrit, nouvelles

Balbutiement et chants aux vents, 2002, poésie le manuscrit

La Côte d’Adam, 2004, Hoebecke nouvelle

Tous les moutons du monde, 2008, in Nouvelles du Mali, Paris, Magellan et Cie

La ruse du grand calao, 2008, Bamako, le Figuier

La princesse capricieuse, 2006 conte illustré, livre-cassette vidéoclip, Bamako, Editions Balanise

Contes croisés, 2004, Dijon

Les jumeaux à la recherche de leur mère, 2005, conte illustré, livre-cassette vidéoclip, Bamako, Editions Balanise

Néné et la chenille, 1999, Conte illustré, Edicef/Le figuier

La longue marche des animaux assoiffés, 1994, conte illustré, Bamako, le Figuier