By Marvin A. Lewis
Spain’s simply former colony in sub-Saharan Africa, Equatorial Guinea is domestic to a literature of transition—songs of freedom during which authors give some thought to their identification in the context of contemporary colonialism and dictatorship.
An advent to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea is the 1st book-length serious research of this literature, a multigenre research encompassing fifty years of poetry, drama, essays, and prose fiction. either resident and exiled authors supply insights into the impression of colonialism and dictatorship less than Spanish rule and look at the end result of “independence” less than the regimes of Francisco Macías Nguema and Teodoro Obiang Nguema. interpreting those works from the viewpoint of postcolonial idea, Marvin A. Lewis indicates how writings from Equatorial Guinea depict the conflict of conventional and ecu cultures and replicate a dictatorship that produced poverty, distress, and oppression. He assesses with specific care the influence of the Macías reafricanization method and its manifestations in literature.
In exhibiting how the perspectives of the state correspond and diverge in works of writers reminiscent of Maria Nsue Angue, Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Lewis brings to gentle artists who articulate their matters in Spanish yet are African of their souls. In examining the works of either popular and rising writers, he marks the topics that give a contribution to the formation of nationwide id: Hispanic history, the parable of Bantu solidarity, “bonding in adversity” throughout the Nguema regime, and the Equatoguinean diaspora.
Lewis offers an obtainable advent to the paintings of important writers in a brand new region of literary research and comprises the main exhaustive and up to date bibliography to be had at the topic. His is a groundbreaking paintings that broadens our figuring out of African literature and may be the bedrock for destiny reviews of this Hispanic nook of Africa.
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Yesterday I was a child today, I am a man, and tomorrow, what will I be? Yes, I wish to return, I wish to return to my innocent freedom. (Quisiera volver a mi ayer, quisiera ser de nuevo niño y con los pies desnudos correr por las pedregosas calles de mi verdad rebolana. Quisiera volver a mi niñéz para jugar y saltar, para cantar y reír, y para llorar, quizás: pero en la libertad. Sí, quisiera volver; quisiera volver a mi ayer. Ayer . . ayer niño fuí hoy, hombre soy, y mañana, ¿qué seré? ) (11) “Longing” is a remembrance of things past, an anguished account from exile depicting an imagined history designed to counter an intolerable present.
33) 010 c1 (14-64) 5/10/07 11:11 AM Page 31 Poetry: In Search of an Authentic Voice / 31 Rather than focus on historical or social issues, Bokesa’s poetry valorizes nonreferentiality and transcendence. His verse is all-encompassing, and unconcerned with the dialectical processes of political reality. To transcend the temporal and the physical is to be reborn in a symbolic sense while remaining aware of the physical universe that constitutes his poetic objective. ” The poet then turns his attention to the interconnectedness of God and nature.
Y la libertad, ¿qué fue de ella? Fue chapeada y vilipendiada, y cayó a nuestros pies, llena de podredumbre. Y arribó el eterno segador, ladrón de vidas e ilusiones, y se adueño de los hogares; exilio, ruina y orfandad, oscuridad y silencio en el llano, dolor y frustración en la selva; destruidos intenciones y propósitos en ese campo desolado, yerto y demacrado, al conjuro del TRES DE AGOSTO, que fue el undécimo año de tortura e iniquidad, surgió de pronto un destello que brotó de las tinieblas, y fue el principio de otro despertar y raíz de renovada ilusión.