brilliant tour de force, The Knight and His Shadow tells the tale of
Lat-Sukabé’s quest to find his former lover, Khadidja, who writes him to
“come before it’s too late.” As Lat-Sukabé recounts his past with
Khadidja, reality shapeshifts and takes on a dreamlike quality. He
describes how Khadidja is hired by a wealthy stranger to sit before an
open door and tell stories into an uncertain darkness, unable to see the
person to whom she speaks. Like Lat-Sukabé and Khadidja, the reader
feels farther from home with every page, as the world turns and morphs.
With those shifts, the symbolic order, the basis of meaning and sanity,
begins to tremble. Postmodernist sensibilities meet postcolonial
concerns in this lyrical novel from a master of Senegalese literature.