Cruel City Mongo Beti

Cruel City

Author: Mongo Beti
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Book Title
Cruel City
Author
Mongo Beti
ISBN
9780253008237
Under the pseudonym Eza Boto, Mongo Beti wrote Ville cruelle (Cruel City) in 1954 before he came to the world's attention with the publication of Le pauvre Christ de Bomba (The Poor Christ of Bomba). 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 his journey progresses, the novel mirrors these changes in its style and language. Published here with the author's essay Romancing Africa, the novel signifies a pivotal moment in African literature, a deliberate challenge to colonialism, and a new kind of African writing.Binding Type: PaperbackAuthor: Mongo BetiPublisher: Indiana University PressPublished: 02/22/2013ISBN: 9780253008237Pages: 196Weight: 0.55lbsSize: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.45dReview Citations: Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2013Publishers Weekly 03/04/2013

Under the pseudonym Eza Boto, Mongo Beti wrote Ville cruelle (Cruel City) in 1954 before he came to the world's attention with the publication of Le pauvre Christ de Bomba (The Poor Christ of Bomba). 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 his journey progresses, the novel mirrors these changes in its style and language. Published here with the author's essay Romancing Africa, the novel signifies a pivotal moment in African literature, a deliberate challenge to colonialism, and a new kind of African writing.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Mongo Beti
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 02/22/2013
ISBN: 9780253008237
Pages: 196
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.45d

Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2013
Publishers Weekly 03/04/2013

Under the pseudonym Eza Boto, Mongo Beti wrote Ville cruelle (Cruel City) in 1954 before he came to the world's attention with the publication of Le pauvre Christ de Bomba (The Poor Christ of Bomba). 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 his journey progresses, the novel mirrors these changes in its style and language. Published here with the author's essay Romancing Africa, the novel signifies a pivotal moment in African literature, a deliberate challenge to colonialism, and a new kind of African writing.



Binding Type: Paperback
Author: Mongo Beti
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 02/22/2013
ISBN: 9780253008237
Pages: 196
Weight: 0.55lbs
Size: 8.50h x 5.50w x 0.45d

Review Citations: Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2013
Publishers Weekly 03/04/2013