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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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. Retrieved from ” https: The English translation is titled Mission to Kala.

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He also worked during this time for the review Preuvesfor which he reported from Africa. The novel was well received, winning the Prix Sainte-Beuve in In he and his wife Odile Tobner launched the bimonthly review Ezza Noirs.

Nielsen Book Data Please help botp this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Skip to search Skip to main content. Beti was inspired to write in part by the execution of Ernest Ouandie by the government of Cameroon. The bulk of the novel depicts a series of farcical misadventures that give Medza a deeper understanding of his own culture and of himself.

B45 V Unknown. 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. Banda, the protagonist, botto off to sell the year’s cocoa harvest to earn the bride price for the woman he has chosen to wed. In exile, Beti remained vitally connected to the struggle in Cameroon.


Describes the transformation of a fictional African town by capitalism, Christianity, and colonialism. He carried these views into the classroom, and was eventually expelled from the missionary school in Mbalmayo for botp outspokenness.

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Making his way to the city, Banda is witness to a changing Africa, and as he progresses, the novel mirrors these changes in its style and language. It was, however, in that he gained a widespread reputation; the publication of the novel Le pauvre Christ de Bomba “The poor Christ of Bomba” created a scandal because of its satirical and biting description of the missionary and colonial world. 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.

During this period, Beti also supported John Fru Ndian anglophone opposition leader. Published here with the author’s essay “Romancing Africa, ” these texts signify a pivotal moment in African literature, a deliberate challenge to colonialism, and a new kind of African writing. After his death, Odile Tobner noted that exile was not easy on Beti; he remained tortured by his concern for his embattled country.

His father drowned when Beti was seven, and he was raised by his mother and extended family. After retiring from teaching inhe returned to Cameroon permanently. Under pressure from the religious hierarchy, the colonial administrator in Cameroon banned the novel in the colony.

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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. Transported to the hospital at Douala on 6 October, he died there on 8 October In terms of style, he was a realist. The novel treats the investigation of a man, Essola, into the circumstances of the death of his sister. The goal of the bookshop was to encourage engaged literacy in the capital, and also to provide an outlet for critical texts and authors.

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Wole Soyinka praised its realism, writing “Idealization is a travesty of literary truth; worse still, it betrays only immature hankerings of the creative impulse. Frustrated by eaz he saw as the failure of post-independence governments to bring genuine freedom to Africa, Beti adopted a more radical perspective in these works.

Due to a series of misfortunes, Banda loses both his crop and his bride to be.

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Following Nyobe’s assassination by French forces inhowever, Beti fell silent as a writer for more than a decade, remaining in exile from his homeland. The village’s name comes from Akom “rock” and Etam “source”: He created associations for the defence of citizens and gave to the press numerous articles of protest.

Beti’s first novel since The Miraculous King. Still, the novel received praise from some critics, such as David Diopwho praised its rigorous depiction of the damage wrought by colonialism.