ISBN 9789956792672
Pages 132
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 2015
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Bites of Insanity

by Nsah Mala

In this collection of poems Nsah Mala casts a critical compassionate gaze at the predicaments in the lives of present day Cameroonians. The poet lambasts power abuse in Cameroon and Africa. He decries the lost glory of traditional values sacrificed at the altar of ingratiation and materialism. Insalubrities are condemned, ignorance and its ramifications satirised, and wanton destruction of the environment indicted. With a fascinating richness of imagery, Mala conveys the disillusionment, bitterness and traumas of ordinary Cameroonians - young and old - debased with impunity by the lethal and sterile grip on power of the high and mighty. The moral depravity and human frailties mused about in this exceptionally compelling collection have no room in Mala's paradise of Cameroon.

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Reviews

“Nsah Mala resorts to a rich repertoire of poetic devices, vivid description, wacky terms, dark humour, and scatology—among others—to raise critical issues about the human condition in modern times.”

Yvonne I. NGWA, PhD, Lecturer, ENS Yaoundé

“In this collection Nsah Mala ascertains his status as a committed social critic in very uncompromising terms. His contemptuousness of postcolonial states' ab/uses of power in the bastardisation of citizens/subjects is undoubted. The decadence and moral depravity in which a directionless nation finds herself are pointers of impending destruction unless the situation is redressed.”

Charles Ngiewih Teke, University of Munich, Germany
About the Author

Nsah Mala

Nsah Mala was born in 1988 in Njinagwa, Mbesa, in Boyo Division of the North West Region of Cameroon. He attended CBC School Mbesa, GSS Mbesa and CCAST Bambili. He holds the Secondary School Teacher’s Certificate (DIPES I) in Bilingual Letters from ENS Yaoundé and a BA in Bilingual Studies from the University of Yaoundé I. He is also the author of Chaining Freedom and Mounting the Stairs of Challenge.

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