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Blaise Ndala

Blaise Ndala
Photo by Pascal Castonguay

Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Blaise Ndala has lived in Ottawa since 2007. His debut novel, J’irai danser sur la tombe de Senghor, won the Ottawa Book Award for French fiction and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. His third novel, 2021’s Dans le ventre du Congo, won the Prix d’Ivoire pour la Littérature Africaine d'Expression Francophone and the Prix Ahmadou-Kourouma, and appeared in English last year as In The Belly of the Congo (Simon & Schuster Canada).

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