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Unique and intriguing, but much more so if you know some context before you read it. This challenge is presented straight forward enough however in the gem of a preface by an author overwhelmed and disgusted by the genocidal horrors of the French rubber-plantation-enslavement colonial system. Despite coming out in it contains many passages of unabashedly vitriolic anti-colonial sentiment as well as some explicit scenes.

Mark-phillip bafouala it really liked it Mar 05, Paperbackpages.

Batouala by Rene Maran – Heinemann

Dec 22, Richard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hey anthropologists and poly-sci students who are all flocking to study CAR now given its crisis hot-spot position on the world stage: Willemjan rated it it was ok Jul 03, Vero Jordan-Sardi rated it liked it May 31, Alaelso Videira rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Seven years have been enough to work complete ruin. It is an exceptional book capturing life in ‘s colonial Africa from the perspective of Batouala, an African Chief.


Jan 30, Carrie rated it liked it Shelves: I’m not sure what to make of this book. Your task is a splendid one. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Batouala by René Maran

If the Heinemann edition didn’t include an introduction this probably would have been a two-star rating. Admired both by Hemingway and early African nationalists, Batouala was the first novel by a writer of African descent to win France’s highest literary prize.

None of the characters were consistently sympathetic, and overall it seemed so pedantic in tone. Alicia rated it liked it Aug 28, Sep 05, Andrea rated it liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem?

Jun 09, Tinea rated it liked it Shelves: Nowadays there is a fantastic amount of gorgeous, critical, intricate fiction by African authors from across the continent, so the faults of this novel ring louder than the criticism and challenge it presented at the time. To ask other readers questions about Batoualaplease sign up.

Cecilia rated it liked it Jan 14, Remy rated it liked it Sep 11, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A condition so abject must be a matter of prune concern to those who are charged with representing France, the men who assume responsibility for the evils from which certain parts of the Negro country are at present suffering.


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Return to Book Page. This region used to be very rich in rubber and had a large population.

Vincentclay rated it it was amazing Oct 01, But I can see for the time it was written it was startling in it’s open portrayal of anti-colonialism among Africans. And there are moments when the characters’ thought processes are amazingly clear, taking me inside someone else’s thoughts and fears. Much of the historical context and significance is lost and so it seems to at first be a rather insignificant text.

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Villages have grown fewer and farther between, the plantations have disappeared, the goats and poultry have been exterminated. Mara rated it it was ok Sep mara, Though Maran was a Black man from the French colony of Martinique, the story remains an outsider-observer’s narration of the internal, cultural daily life, inner thoughts, and motivations of maybe Gbaya? Erik rated it really liked it Apr 04, Sept 36 97 Jan 01,