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The Story of the Madman

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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
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 29th 2001 by University of Virginia Press (first published 1994)
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John
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: africa-2018, fiction
Quite simply a masterpiece of invention and storytelling.
With a beautiful sense of language and repetition, Beti takes a long walk around a generational history to explain the fate of one son. Its brilliant in its scope - both tightly honed on individual fates while waving from the omnipresent narrator heavens. The whole while the language crackles and stirs, as fortunes are won and tortures inflicted, equally poetic.

Zoaételeu adventures are emblematic of a pre-colonial way of life - large fam
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