By Marvin A. Lewis
Spain’s merely former colony in sub-Saharan Africa, Equatorial Guinea is domestic to a literature of transition—songs of freedom within which authors think of their identification in the context of modern colonialism and dictatorship.
An advent to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea is the 1st book-length serious examine 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 influence of colonialism and dictatorship below Spanish rule and view the culmination of “independence” lower than the regimes of Francisco Macías Nguema and Teodoro Obiang Nguema. reading those works from the point of view of postcolonial thought, Marvin A. Lewis exhibits 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 impression of the Macías reafricanization approach and its manifestations in literature.
In displaying how the perspectives of the state correspond and diverge in works of writers akin to 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 reading the works of either well known and rising writers, he marks the topics that give a contribution to the formation of nationwide id: Hispanic history, the parable of Bantu harmony, “bonding in adversity” throughout the Nguema regime, and the Equatoguinean diaspora.
Lewis presents an available advent to the paintings of valuable writers in a brand new region of literary research and contains the main exhaustive and updated 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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