Mamadou Kalidou Ba is a professor of French at the University of Nouakchott Al Aasriya (Mauritania). He is the author of two critical works on the recent evolution of the African novel. His recent work has focused, among other things, on African orality and Francophone Mauritanian literature.
Ros Schwartz is an award-winning translator from French of over one hundred works of fiction and nonfiction, including the 2010 edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. Her translations include works by Aziz Chouaki, Dominique Eddé, Mireille Gansel, Yasmina Khadra, Max Lobe, Ousmane Sembène and Georges Simenon. In 2009, she was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is cofounder of a series of literary translation summer schools held in UK universities, and she regularly publishes articles on literary translation, including a chapter in The Translator as Writer, (Eds. Susan Bassnett and Peter Bush), published by Continuum. She is a Royal Literary Fund Fellow based at Kings College London.