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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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The bulk of the novel depicts a series of farcical misadventures that give Medza a deeper understanding of his own culture and of himself.

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Le Guen takes advantage of a seemingly cruelle recovery from death to convince the local Chief of Essazam to embrace Christianity. 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.

Retrieved from ” https: December Learn how and when to remove this template message. In Mongo Beti returned to Cameroonafter 32 years of self-imposed exile. New Encyclopedia of Africa.

Like many first novels by African writers, Beti’s first novel features a young protagonist caught between European and African cultures. The village’s name comes from Akom “rock” and Etam “source”: Instead, he is charged with the duty of travelling to Kala, a remote village, to secure the return of a young woman who has fled her abusive, domineering husband.

A comic novel describing the visit fza a young Cameroonian man with a western education to a village in the interior. SearchWorks Catalog Bboto Libraries. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Beti’s aim always, even in his harsh criticism of Cameroon’s independence government, was to strengthen African autonomy and prosperity. Retrieved 28 April By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Graduating inhe came to France to continue his higher education in literature, first at Aix-en-Provencethen at the Sorbonne in Paris. In this new position, he believed, negritude could be employed as a conceptual tool for cruell not only African experience but also the role of colonialism in boo that experience.


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.

The novel was well received, winning the Prix Sainte-Beuve in Describe the connection issue. Under pressure from the religious hierarchy, the colonial administrator in Cameroon banned the cruells in the colony.

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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. Nielsen Book Data This article needs additional citations for verification. Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. 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.

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. Beti revised and reissued them in the early s. Wole Soyinka praised its realism, writing “Idealization is a travesty of literary truth; worse still, it betrays only immature hankerings of the creative impulse.

Though he lived in exile for many decades, Beti’s life reveals an unflagging commitment to improvement of his home country.

The essay, a critical history of recent Cameroon, asserted that Cameroon and other colonies remained under French control in all but name, and that the post-independence political elites had actively fostered this continued dependence. Thematically, Beti’s work is unified by an unwavering commitment to combatting colonialism, both overt and covert.

Still, the novel received praise from some critics, such as David Diopwho praised its rigorous depiction of the damage wrought by colonialism.

Uniform Title Ville cruelle. During this period, Beti also supported John Fru Ndian anglophone opposition leader. After retiring from teaching inhe returned to Cameroon permanently.


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He finds that his greedy parents had forced her into a loveless and inappropriate marriage; her ill-treatment at the hands of her husband began a chain of events that led to her death. He created associations for the defence of citizens and gave to the press numerous articles of protest. The novel is not widely read now; Beti published it under the pseudonym Eza Rcuelle, a nom de plume he did not use later to dissociate himself from the work.

Browse related items Start at call number: Boho chaos alarms both the Church and the colonial administration; at the end, Le Guen is transferred, and Essazam returns to its traditional ways. After his death, Odile Tobner noted that exile was not easy on Beti; he remained tortured by his concern for his embattled country.

This review chronicled and denounced tirelessly the ills brought to Africa by neo-colonial regimes.

Cruel City tells the story of a young man’s attempt to cope with capitalism and the rapid urbanization of his country. He was challenged at a demonstration in October From beginning to end, Beti’s work was informed by two botl. He also worked during this time for the review Preuvesfor which he reported from Africa.

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; from which it follows that it has much less chance of being good — if only it had some — than a realistic work.