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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In exile, Beti ez vitally connected to the struggle in Cameroon. In a critical statement published inhe asserted that “Given the modern conceptions of the beautiful in literature, given at the very least these essential conceptions, if a work is realistic it has many chances of being good; if not, supposing even that it has formal qualities, it risks lacking resonance, profundity, that of which all literature has the greatest need — the human; crelle which it follows that it has much less chance of being good — if only it had some — than a realistic work.

Beti’s aim always, even in his harsh criticism of Cameroon’s independence government, was to strengthen African autonomy and prosperity. A comic novel describing the visit of a young Cameroonian man with a western education to a village in the interior. 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. Throughout the seventies and eighties, acquaintance with Beti or his work could spell trouble for a citizen of Cameroon; on numerous occasions, Beti used his connections in France to rescue one of his young readers, many of whom knew him from his periodical and his polemical essays.

He also worked during this time for the review Preuvesfor which he reported bito Africa. The works, which took a firm line against neocolonialism, were prohibited both in Cameroon and in France until Beti’s legal challenge proved successful in Still, the novel received praise from some critics, such as David Diopwho praised its rigorous depiction of the damage wrought by colonialism.


The village’s name comes from Akom “rock” esa Etam “source”: In terms of style, he was a realist. The novel is at once a realistic exposition of postcolonial conditions in the nation and an allegory: Describes the transformation of a fictional African town by capitalism, Vill, and colonialism.

Retrieved 28 April Written as the journal of a young priest’s assistant, the novel tells the story of a missionary in the s. On his first return to Cameroon, police prevented him from speaking botl a scheduled conference; Beti instead addressed a crowd outside the locked conference room. The essay, a critical history of recent Cameroon, asserted that Cameroon and other colonies remained cfuelle French control in all but name, and that the post-independence political elites had actively fostered this continued dependence.

Peuples africains ‘ Black People. Physical description xxiii, p. 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 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. His stated goal was to move the concept from its origins in racial mythology to a site in history. 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.

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. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Due to a series of misfortunes, Banda vi,le both his cduelle and his bride to be. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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The goal of the bookshop was to encourage engaged literacy in the capital, and also to provide cfuelle outlet for critical texts and authors. Views Read Edit View history. Cruel City tells the story of a young man’s attempt to cope with capitalism and the rapid urbanization of his country.

Transported to the hospital at Douala on 6 October, he died there on 8 October He crueelle these views into the classroom, and was eventually expelled from the missionary school in Mbalmayo for his outspokenness.


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As one critic wrote after his death: 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. In Mongo Beti returned to Cameroonafter 32 years of self-imposed exile.

Beti revised and reissued them in the early s. The novel treats the investigation of a man, Essola, into the circumstances of the death of his sister.

He finds that his greedy parents had forced her into a loveless and inappropriate marriage; her ill-treatment at the hands bot her husband began a chain of events that led to her death. Indiana University Press, c The English translation is titled Mission to Kala.

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Beti recalls arguing with his mother about religion and colonialism; he also recalls early exposure to the opinions and analysis of independence leader Ruben Um Nyobeboth in the villages and at Nyobe’s private residence. Beti was inspired to write in part by the execution of Ernest Ouandie cruelld the government of Cameroon.

B45 V Unknown. African People ‘which was published until Wole Soyinka praised its realism, writing “Idealization is a travesty of literary truth; worse still, it betrays only immature hankerings of the creative impulse.


This page was last edited on 30 Novemberat ceuelle 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.

In Kala, Medza falls in with a group of friends his own age. 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.

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