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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

Cruel City

According to Goodreads, Cruel City tells the story of a young man’s attempt to cope with capitalism and the rapid urbanization of his country. 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. Due to a series of misfortunes, Banda loses both his crop and his bride to be. 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. 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.

Reference: Goodreads.com

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