Diop, Birago

Diop, Birago bērägō´ dyōp [key] (Birago Ishmael Diop), 1906–89, Senegalese author who wrote in French. He was best known for his collections of aphoristic stories based on African folk tales, including Contes d'Amadou Koumba (1947 tr. Tales of Amadou Koumba, 1966). Diop also published a poetry anthology, Leurres et lueurs [lures and glimmers] (1960). In addition to writing, he held several official veterinary posts in Africa and was Senegalese ambassador to Tunisia.

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