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By Marvin A. Lewis

Spain’s basically former colony in sub-Saharan Africa, Equatorial Guinea is domestic to a literature of transition—songs of freedom within which authors contemplate their identification in the context of modern colonialism and dictatorship.

            An creation to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea is the 1st book-length serious learn of this literature, a multigenre research encompassing fifty years of poetry, drama, essays, and prose fiction. either resident and exiled authors provide insights into the impression of colonialism and dictatorship lower than Spanish rule and view the end result of “independence” less than the regimes of Francisco Macías Nguema and Teodoro Obiang Nguema. interpreting those works from the point of view of postcolonial conception, Marvin A. Lewis exhibits how writings from Equatorial Guinea depict the conflict of conventional and eu cultures and mirror 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 displaying how the perspectives of the kingdom correspond and diverge in works of writers resembling Maria Nsue Angue, Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Lewis brings to gentle artists who articulate their issues in Spanish yet are African of their souls. In studying the works of either popular and rising writers, he marks the subjects that give a contribution to the formation of nationwide identification: Hispanic history, the parable of Bantu cohesion, “bonding in adversity” in the course of the Nguema regime, and the Equatoguinean diaspora.

            Lewis presents an obtainable creation to the paintings of vital writers in a brand new sector of literary research and comprises the main exhaustive and up to date bibliography on hand at the topic. His is a groundbreaking paintings that broadens our knowing of African literature and may be the bedrock for destiny stories of this Hispanic nook of Africa.

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87) 010 c1 (14-64) 5/10/07 11:11 AM Page 35 Poetry: In Search of an Authentic Voice / 35 And toward the end: Naked within, with the word at random, let’s construct the poem of life, on the shores of the river of time. ) (89) From beginning to end, Voices of Foam is consistent in its theme, execution, and tone: “Being and universe; existence and time; love and freedom, with the human in the background” are the themes that predominate in a collection of poetry that is fundamentally optimistic.

Included in this collection is an ode to Nicolás Guillén, “Salud,” by Carlos Nsue Otong: 010 c1 (14-64) 5/10/07 11:11 AM Page 16 16 / An Introduction to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea I wish to weave my word with this emotion that overcomes me and make it fly swiftly to Cuba, half African. Guillén Nicolás, comrade: I crafted with my highest song, Teacher, singer and Poet, A greeting to your eminent persona. I stole the African accent, I dreamed of a poet in the night and he was a public singer to the sonorous rhythm of bronze.

010 c1 (14-64) 5/10/07 11:11 AM Page 26 26 / An Introduction to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea It is precisely in the pages of Africa 2000, a publication of the Centro Cultural, that writers such as Ciríaco Bokesa and others launched their careers. Poems by Anacleto Olo Mibuy, Joaquín Mbomio, and Gerardo Behori Sípi, poets included in Literatura de Guinea Ecuatorial: Antología (Literature of Equatorial Guinea: Anthology, 2000), the critically acclaimed anthology by Donato Ndongo Bidyogo and Mbaré N’gom, were published first in Africa 2000.

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