5 famous books written by Cameroonian author Mongo Beti

June 30, 2019 at 04:00 pm | Art Attack

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola

Novieku-Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

June 30, 2019 at 04:00 pm | Art Attack

The Story of the Madman

According to Goodreads and 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 favourite sons Zoaetoa and Narcisse. In a modern fable that Beti uses to illustrate the problems of a people’s disintegrating values in a postcolonial state, Chief Zoaeteleu, a puppet under two dictatorial regimes, is swept into the frontline of politics, where his fortunes unravel. 

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