ISBN 9789956792016
Pages 230
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2014
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

The Obasinjom Warrior

The Life and Works of Bate Besong

by Emmanuel Fru Doh

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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About the Author

Emmanuel Fru Doh

Emmanuel Fru Doh holds a PhD in English (Literature emphasis) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Between 1990 and 1997 he taught African Literature at the University of Yaounde I (ENS Bambili), Cameroon, during which time he established himself as a major voice in Cameroon’s literary arena. An accomplished teacher, poet, and critic, Emmanuel Fru Doh currently teaches in the Department of English at Century College, Minnesota, U.S.A. where he is also Associate Editor of Phantasmagora.

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