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On March 8, 2007, one of Cameroon�s foremost scholars died in a ghastly traffic accident barely hours after launching his most forthright and acerbic collection of poems: Disgrace: Autobiographical Narcissus. Dr. Bate Besong was a social activist, a critic, troubadour, and playwright; an avant-garde, steeped in the tradition of the absurd, who fought against the corrupt system of governance that transmuted Cameroonians into a comatose and apathetic citizenry neutered by fear engendered by the workings of an existing Gestapo. For the first time, Emmanuel Fru Doh has gone beyond an analysis of Besong�s plays into giving an in-depth appraisal of his poems which have, for a long time, held back critics because of their opacity. Doh examines each of Besong�s plays and collections of poems in separate sections and succeeds in setting Besong�s work in perspective�mindful of their concerns and the nation�s history�as informed by a succinct political vision and an already established technique modified only by genre. The Obasinjom Warrior, which amounts to a brief look at the scholar�s life and a detailed study of his works, is a befitting tribute to a true patriot and scholar who died fighting the forces of evil, in positions of power, which have transformed his native Cameroon into a province of hell. This is a careful, detailed, and authoritative study of one of the most significant literary figures ever to emerge from Cameroon.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. PART I - BATE BESONG: THE MAN
  1. 1. Childhood and School Years
  2. pp. 3-6
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  1. 2. Bate Besong: His Career
  2. pp. 7-15
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  1. 3. Bate Besong: Distinguishing Himself
  2. pp. 16-20
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  1. 4. Bate Besong and His Family
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. PART II - BATE BESONG: HIS WORKS
  1. 5. Poetry
  2. pp. 25-113
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  1. 6. Drama
  2. pp. 114-185
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 186-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-199
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 200-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-214
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  1. Back cover
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