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The Disillusioned African

Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Publication Year: 2007

This humorous tale of the na?ve and curious African student-cum-philosopher wandering between North and South, the rural and the urban, has been in gestation for a period of nearly two decades. With allusion to traditions of the philosophical novel and the picaresque, Nyamnjoh's protagonist travels from his African village to the sharply divided and socially cruel world of 1980s Britain. By casting aside his disillusion and the traps of servitude and victimhood, The Disillusioned African reveals his creative potential for curiosity and adventure. He brings a bird's eye view, always affectionate, gently mocking, to the cultural idiosyncrasies of the new world he encounters, which throws his own African culture, politics and socio-economic realities into light relief. Praise for The Disillusioned African 'Whatever the imagined future for Africa, this courageous book will certainly provide, for both its foreign readers and the young generation of Cameroonians, a provocative insight into the complex web of despair, frustration, paradox and hope . on the eve of the 21st century.' - Louise Cuming, Catholic University of Central Africa 'In his characteristically humorous style, Nyamnjoh portrays the various social ills in society and castigates the political elite he holds largely responsible.' - Piet Konings, African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands. 'Francis Nyamnjoh . has a particular way of saying very serious things in the most unserious manner. He entertains, and in the process he moralises, he teaches, he gives you lessons. learning experience and philosophy to give you a view of the dilemma of the African.' - Sammy Beban Chumbow, Professor of Linguistics, University of Yaounde I

Published by: African Books Collective

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Author's Biographical Note

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p. ii-ii

Francis B. Nyamnjoh is Associate Professor and Head of Publications and Dissemination with . . .

Copyright Page

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pp. ix-vii

Some time ago, in 1993, a forum of anglophone Cameroon writers held under the auspices of the Goethe Institute . . .


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pp. viii-xvi

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pp. 1-67

Dear Moungo, Forgive my lack of a permanent address at the moment. But I thought I should fulfil my promise to . . .

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pp. 68-152

Dear Moungo, This letter is perhaps sooner than you expected, but a lot has happened in the past week . . .

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pp. 153-198

Dear Moungo, Thank you very much for the letter. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I’ve . . .

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pp. 200-238

Dear Moungo, Last night I dreamt a dream, a ridiculous dream indeed. You were arrested, detained . . .

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pp. 249-246

Dear Readers, The letters you’ve just read were addressed to me, Franglotus Moungo. It is true . . .

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956716357
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558025

Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2007