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The Story of the Madman [Paperback]

Mongo Beti , Patricia-Pia Celerier , Elizabeth Darnel

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June 27 2002 CARAF Books: Caribbean and African Literature Translated from French
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. 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 distintegrating 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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholarly Book Services Inc (June 27 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813920493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813920498
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,997,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mongo Beti, a pseudonym for Alexandre Biyidi-Awala, was born in Cameroon in 1932 and was exiled for years in France, where he taught in Rouen. In addition to writing novels and essays, he is also the founder and editor of the journal Peuples Noirs, Peuples Africains. Elizabeth Darnel is a translator living in New York. Patricia-Pia Celeries is Associate Professor of French at Vassar College.

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