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 remained vitally connected to the struggle in Cameroon. 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.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. 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.

A comic novel describing the visit of a young Cameroonian man with a western education to a village in the interior. 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.

Beti revised and reissued them in the early s. 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 In this new position, he believed, negritude could be employed as a conceptual tool for understanding not only African experience but also the role of colonialism in shaping that experience.

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Due to crulele series of misfortunes, Banda loses both his crop and his bride to be. The novel is not widely read now; Beti published it under the pseudonym Eza Boto, a crjelle de plume he did not use later to dissociate himself from the work.


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. As one critic wrote after his death: Still, the novel received praise from some critics, such as David Diopwho praised its rigorous depiction of the damage wrought by colonialism.

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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.

The priest slowly realises the futility and pointlessness of attempting to convert Africans who, as he concludes, already worshipped God in their own way. Peuples africains ‘ Black People. The government attempted to hinder botoo activities.

During this period, Beti also supported John Fru Ndian anglophone opposition leader. Following Nyobe’s assassination by Crue,le forces inhowever, Beti fell silent as a writer for more than a decade, remaining in exile from villf homeland.

Entries cover the experience of Africans both in Africa and worldwide the first entry is for Ralph Abernathy. Ambroise Kom, arrested merely for subscribing to Peuples noirswas saved from incarceration by Beti’s actions in France on his behalf. 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.

Both were inspired by Beti’s dissatisfaction with the post-independence governments of Ahmadou Ahidjo ; this discontent was sparked by the arrest and ultimate execution of UPC activist Ernest Ouandie and Bishop Albert Ndongmo on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government. He returns home expecting humiliation. The essay, a critical history of recent Cameroon, cruele 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.


From beginning to end, Beti’s work was informed by two principles.

Indiana University Press, c Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Like many first novels by African writers, Beti’s first novel features a young protagonist caught between European and African cultures.

Describes volle transformation of a fictional African town by capitalism, Christianity, and colonialism. He was challenged at a demonstration in October In he re-entered the world of literature with a bang. This work of journalism chronicles Beti’s return to Cameroon in B45 V Unknown.

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After retiring from teaching inhe returned to Cameroon permanently. Beti was inspired to write in part by the execution of Ernest Ouandie by the government of Ezx.

Under pressure from the religious hierarchy, the colonial administrator in Cameroon banned the novel in the colony. Describe the connection issue. In Kala, Medza falls in with a group of friends his own age. Nielsen Book Data Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Skip to search Skip to main content.

Beti recalls villle 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.

Written as the journal of a young priest’s assistant, the novel tells the story of a missionary in the s.

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In he and his wife Odile Tobner launched the bimonthly review Peuples Noirs. After his death, Odile Tobner noted that exile was not easy on Beti; he remained tortured by his concern for his embattled country. Publication date Note Previous French edition: By the early s, Beti had turned to writing as a vehicle of protest.