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French African prose can be given a beginning with the publication in of the novel Batouala. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Batoualaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 15, Ryan rated it liked it Shelves: If the Heinemann edition didn’t include an introduction this probably would have been a two-star rating.

The introduction provides perspective to the time period and the author’s intention helping to appreciate the work a little more. It’s still not a very good book. I’d highly recommend reading the Edward Hayes article, “On Reciprocity: Much of baotuala historical context and significance is lost and so it seems to at first be a rather insignificant text.

Dec 22, Richard rated it it was amazing Shelves: I only learned of this book a few months ago. It is an exceptional book capturing life in ‘s colonial Africa from the perspective of Batouala, an African Chief. In addition to being an exceptional story, the book has a cultural significance as the first great novel about Africa by a black wri Many most?

In addition to being an exceptional story, the book has a cultural significance as the first great novel about Africa by a black writer.

In fact, according to Donal Herdeck from Georgetown University, the author of the book’s introduction, this book played a major role in initiating the half-century of protest that led to African independence and it influenced numerous African writers of the important “negritude” school. Jun 09, Tinea rated it liked it Shelves: Free ebook version available at Open Library. Batouala could really benefit from an academic introduction to situate it within the time period and explain who the author was and how his writing challenged the contemporary colonial imagination of the lives of African peoples.


Though Maran was a Black man from the French colony of Martinique, the story remains an outsider-observer’s narration of the internal, cultural daily life, inner thoughts, and motivations of maybe Batoualw

Nowadays there is a fantastic amount of gorgeous, critical, intricate fiction by African authors from across the continent, so the faults of this novel ring louder than the criticism and challenge it presented at the time. This challenge is presented straight forward eene however in the gem of a preface by an author overwhelmed and disgusted by the genocidal horrors of the French rubber-plantation-enslavement colonial baatouala.

You could well enough skip the simple, descriptive story of village life, but don’t skip the few pages of biting cynical disgust that precede it: This region used to be very rich in rdne and had a large population. It was covered with plantations of every kind and teemed with goats and poultry. Seven years have been enough to work complete ruin. Villages have grown fewer and farther between, the plantations have disappeared, the goats and poultry have been exterminated.

As for the natives, they were broken down by incessant toil, for which they were not paid, and were robbed of even the time to sow their crops. They saw disease come and take maraj its abode with them, saw famine stalk their land, saw their numbers grow less and less.

If we knew of what vileness the great colonial life is composed, of what daily vileness, we should talk of it less, we should not talk of it at all. It degrades a man bit by bit. These and other ignoble excesses reduce those who indulge in them to the last degree of flaccidity. A condition so abject must be a matter of prune concern to those who are charged dene representing France, the men who assume responsibility for the evils from which certain parts of the Negro country are at present suffering.

Intellectual anemia joining hands with moral debility, they have deceived their country and felt no remorse. What I urge upon you to set right is everything embraced in the administration’s euphemism of “mistakes. You will attack the slave-drivers.

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Fighting them will be harder than tilting at windmills. Your task is a splendid one. Put your shoulders to the wheel then. It is the will of France. Hey anthropologists and poly-sci students who are all flocking to study CAR magan given its crisis hot-spot position on the world stage: Sep 05, Andrea rated it liked it Shelves: I’m not sure what to make of this book. None of the characters were consistently sympathetic, and overall it seemed so pedantic in tone.


But I can see for the time it was written it was startling in it’s open portrayal of anti-colonialism among Africans. And there are moments when the characters’ thought processes are amazingly clear, taking me inside someone else’s thoughts and fears. Jul 16, Bunza rated it liked it Shelves: Admired both by Hemingway and early African nationalists, Batouala was the first novel by a writer of African descent to win France’s highest literary prize.

Despite coming out in it contains many passages of unabashedly vitriolic anti-colonial sentiment as well as some explicit scenes.

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Unique and intriguing, but much more so if you know some context before you read it. Jan 30, Carrie rated it liked it Shelves: I read this in French for my graduate class and had to try to analyze it in terms of being the first novel of the Negritude Movement.

All that aside, I liked the imagery and interesting language mix of French and African. Mar 31, Shayna rated it really liked it. Sep 02, Jeffrey Lamoureux rated it liked it Shelves: Mara rated it it was ok Sep 08, Cecilia rated it liked it Jan 14, Alaelso Videira rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Willemjan rated it it was ok Jul 03, Alicia rated it liked it Aug 28, Bahouala rated it liked it Apr 06, Joseph Kayode rated it btaouala was amazing Feb 19, Vero Jordan-Sardi rated it liked it May 31, Mark-phillip rated it really liked it Mar 05, Lucy rated it it was ok Aug 30, Jill rrne it liked it Aug 15, Erik rated it really liked it Apr 04, mxran Christoph rated it really liked it Oct 12, Remy rated it liked it Sep 11, Christopher rated it liked it Jul 19, A2 rated it it was batoala Jun 17, Vincentclay rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Combine 2 12 Mar 03, Sept 36 97 Jan 01, No trivia or quizzes yet.

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