Dorcas Keurléonan-Moricet is a brilliant white geophysicist posted on assignment in Africa. She falls in love with a young African man, Ségué n’Di, and enters into an extramarital affair with him. In her professional work, she discovers deposits of minerals of inestimable worth. Reading the current age of globalization and neoliberalism as one in which the riches of Africa are again being cynically exploited by multinational companies—including her own—Keurléonan-Moricet’s views and her life gradually change. As the popular resistance against the dictatorial regime in power grows, she comes to play a key role in the unfolding political drama.
Foreword - Kenneth Harrow
As She Was Discovering Tigony
“In this complex narrative, one of Africa’s most inventive and original novelists explores critical social and ethical issues that have been made relevant by the expansion of global capital. By weaving themes of sexual love, social justice, and capitalist exploitation, Bhêly-Quenum probes the question of who has a right to discover, share, control, and ultimately benefit from Africa’s wealth.”
—Phyllis Taoua, associate professor of French, University of Arizona