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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Ahmadou Kourouma

News has reached us of the death on 16 December in Lyon, France of this African novelist and playwright, whose day job for many years had been actuarial work. Mr Kourouma enjoyed a considerable reputation in francophone Africa and metropolitan France, particularly for the way in which he manipulated the French language to convey the syntax and rhythms of his native Malinké. He won the prestigious prix Renaudot in 2000 for his novel Allah n’est pas obligé (not yet translated into English).

‘Kourouma has justly been likened to Voltaire by Le Nouvel Observateur. Gabriel Garcia Marquez also comes to mind, likewise John Updike’s sparkling ventriloquism and sardonic erudition in The Coup’ said the Spectator.