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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A condition so abject must be a matter of prune concern to those baatouala are charged with representing France, the men who assume responsibility for the evils from which certain parts of the Negro country are at present suffering.

René Maran

Cecilia rated it liked it Jan 14, 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.

None of the characters were consistently sympathetic, and overall it seemed so pedantic in tone. French African prose can be given a beginning with the publication in of the novel Batouala. Joseph Kayode rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Just a moment while we sign you marqn to your Goodreads account. I only learned of this book a few months ago. Much of the historical context and significance is lost and so it seems to at first be a rather insignificant text.


Sep 02, Jeffrey Lamoureux rated it liked it Shelves: 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: If we knew of what vileness the great colonial life rrene composed, of what daily vileness, we should talk of it less, we should not talk of it at all.

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

Batouala by Rene Maran – Heinemann

Hey anthropologists and poly-sci students who are all flocking to study CAR now given its crisis hot-spot position on the world stage: It is an exceptional book capturing life in ‘s colonial Africa from the perspective of Batouala, an African Chief. To ask other readers questions about Batoualaplease sign up. Free ebook version available at Open Library.

Mara rated it it was ok Sep 08, What I urge upon you to set right is everything embraced in the administration’s euphemism of “mistakes.


It degrades a man bit by bit. Lists with This Book.

Unique and intriguing, but much more so if you know some context before you read it. Willemjan rated it it was ok Jul 03, Jill rated it liked it Aug 15, Jan 30, Carrie rated it liked it Shelves: It was covered with baotuala of every kind and teemed with goats and poultry.

Erik rated it really liked it Apr 04, You will attack the slave-drivers. Fighting them will be harder than tilting at windmills. Your task is a splendid one. Alicia rated it liked it Aug 28, Jan 15, Ryan rated it liked it Shelves: It is the will of France.

I’m not sure what to make of this book.