Results 1 – 13 of 13 Ville cruelle by Eza Boto and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at Eza Boto is a very young author. The novel, «Cruel Town». («Ville Cruelle») (1) , is his first work, apart from a short story,. «Sans haine et, sans amour», which. Paris: Présence Africaine, 12mo cm. ; original yellow and red pictorial card wrappers; pp. Fine. Cameroonian author’s first novel, originally .

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Beti revised and reissued them in the early s. By the early s, Beti had turned to writing as a vehicle of protest.

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The goal of the bookshop was to encourage engaged literacy in the capital, and also to provide an outlet for critical texts and authors. Perpetua is developed as a symbol of the nation, and her inappropriate marriage symbolises the squalid and incomplete liberation of the country as a whole. In he re-entered the world of literature with a bang. Frustrated by what he saw as the failure of post-independence governments to bring genuine freedom to Africa, Beti adopted a more radical perspective in these works.

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His father drowned when Beti was seven, and he was raised by his mother and extended family. In exile, Beti remained vitally connected to the struggle in Cameroon.

During this period, Beti also supported John Fru Ndian anglophone opposition leader. Physical description xxiii, p.

Banda, the novel’s protagonist, is attempting to marry the woman of his choice; he is able to do so by way of a string of improbable coincidences. Graduating inhe came to France to continue his higher education in literature, first at Aix-en-Provencethen at the Sorbonne in Paris. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In this new position, he believed, negritude could be botoo as a conceptual tool for understanding not only African experience but also the role of colonialism in shaping that experience.


Peuples boo ‘ Black People. The novel is not widely read now; Beti published it under the pseudonym Eza Boto, a nom de plume he did not use later to dissociate himself from the work.

Ambroise Kom, arrested merely for subscribing to Peuples noirswas saved from incarceration by Beti’s actions in France on his behalf. The Chief does so zealously, but his repudiation of his many wives leads to chaos, as each jockeys for the right to be his one “true” wife.

He treats not only his own experiences, which included long-delayed reunions and police harassment, but also his impressions of what more than two decades of nominal independence and autocratic rule had done to the material and psychological conditions of his countrypeople.

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Beti’s aim always, even in his harsh criticism of Cameroon’s independence government, was to strengthen African autonomy and prosperity. Still, the novel received praise from some critics, such as Vi,le Diopwho praised its rigorous depiction of the damage wrought by colonialism. Entries cover the experience of Africans both boo Africa and worldwide the first entry is for Ralph Abernathy. He finds that his greedy parents had forced her into a loveless fruelle inappropriate marriage; her ill-treatment at the hands of her husband began a chain of events that led to her death.


Skip to search Skip to main content. Nielsen Book Data Banda, the protagonist, sets off to sell the year’s cocoa harvest to earn the bride price for the woman he has chosen to wed.

L’histoire du fou in then the two initial volumes Trop de soleil tue l’amour and Branle-bas en noir et blancof a trilogy which would remain unfinished.

This article needs additional citations for voto. After his death, Odile Tobner boo that exile was not easy on Beti; he remained tortured by his concern for his embattled country.

Describe the connection issue. It is sometimes considered part of a trilogy that also includes Remember Ruben and Remember Ruben 2 ; however, both in theme and in treatment it is markedly different. Both were inspired by Beti’s dissatisfaction with the post-independence governments of Ahmadou Ahidjo ; this discontent was sparked by the arrest and ultimate execution of UPC activist Ernest Ouandie and Bishop Albert Ndongmo on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government.

In terms of style, he was a realist.

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Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Transported to the hospital cruells Douala on 6 October, he died there on 8 October Beti returned to critical and political writing at the same time that he returned to fiction. Retrieved 28 April Cruel City tells the story of a young man’s attempt to cope with capitalism and the rapid urbanization of his country.

The English translation is titled Mission to Kala.