ISBN 9789956552108
Pages 100
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 2022
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Honor Among Thieves

by Peter W. Vakunta

In this book of poems, the poet speaks in a confident tone of apocalyptic utterances: advising, warning, denouncing, protesting, and lamenting. This long poem has the twin virtues of relevance and clarity of diction. The poet willfully eschews the irksome ineloquence and syntactic sophistry characteristic of traditional poetry. He adopts the tone of African Guardians of the Word, the griots. Passion, energy, and incisive irony are the hallmarks of this didactic work.

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"Honor Among Thieves is one more expression of Africa's disaster and dilemma. The long poem chronicles the "dance macabre in the putrefaction" by "metamorphosed nitwits" feeding "feces to the poor." Vakunta's words flow feverishly in a harsh, harrowing rhythm, like blood gushing out of the bodies of innocent victims of Africa's reprehensible dictators. Cameroon is the particular site of the tragedy, but it could be Kenya, or Somalia, or Sudan..."

Dr. Femi Ojo-Ade, Professor Emeritus of French & History, St. Mary's College of Maryland, USA

About the Author

Peter W. Vakunta

Dr. Peter Wuteh Vakunta is a native of Bamunka-Ndop in the Northwest Region of the Republic of Cameroon. His education is global. Peter studied in Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, France and the United States of America. His research interests are cross-disciplinary and straddle the worlds of Francophonie and the Commonwealth. Peter is a prolific writer with over fifteen works on literary theory and fiction under his belt. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Indianapolis in the United States of America.

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