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The Story of the Madman (Caribbean and African Literature Translated from French)

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Widely acclaimed when first published in French in 1994, Mongo Beti's tenth novel, L'histoire du fou, continues the author's humorous yet fierce criticism of the colonial system in Africa and its legacy of governmental corruption.<P>Translated here as The Story of the Madman, the novel gives the English-speaking world Beti's comic satire of the fictional Chief Zoaeteleu and his favorite sons Zoaetoa and Narcisse. In a modern fable that Beti uses to illustrate the problems of a people's disintegrating values in a postcolonial state, Chief Zoaeteleu, a puppet under two dictatorial regimes, is swept into the frontline of politics, where his fortunes unravel. Along with his caustic portrayal of failed government — clearly a reflection of his native Cameroon — Beti's realism provides an intriguing view of the struggle for balance between traditional life and imminent change in African culture.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [188]-190).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813920481
Translator:
Darnel, Elizabeth
Afterword:
Celerier, Patricia-Pia
Author:
Beti, Mongo
Afterword by:
Celerier, Patricia-Pia
Afterword:
Celerier, Patricia-Pia
Author:
Darnel, Elizabeth
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Location:
Charlottesville
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Caribbean and African literature translated from French
Publication Date:
20010831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.94x5.82x.78 in. .90 lbs.

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