ISBN 9789956558711
Pages 192
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2009
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

The Bad Samaritan

by Alobwed’Epie

The Bad Samaritan is set in a kleptomaniac and highly corrupt imaginary African country called Ewawa. Due to mismanagement, financial institutions collapse. Salaries are slashed and there is unprecedented unemployment leading to country exodus. Professor Esole and his wife are not only aggrieved by the salary slashes, but also by the dubious closure of the Post Office Savings Bank with their savings. Desperate for money, they resort to borrowing from private sources at exorbitant interest rates. Esole toddles into politics with the aim of righting things. Will his naïve approach to politics make or mar?

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“The story is a scathing indictment of antidemocratic and terribly corrupt practices by rulers against their own suffering masses.”

Bole Butake, Professor of Theatre Arts, Critic and Playwright, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon

The Bad Samaritan is a testament that Alobwed’Epie is a writer of extraordinary gifts. The novel is a realistic social fiction that depicts the realities of the Ewawa nation, a microcosm of many African Post Independence nations. Esole the protagonist – a onetime professor turned politician – refuses to join the debauchery of political elites and declines to compromise on his principles of what is right. The challenges to his uprightness are overwhelming, but his example is edifying to the agonising victims of the deaf and brutal system in place.”

Sarah Anyang Agbor, Senior Lecturer of Literature, University of Yaounde I

About the Author


Alobwed’Epie, author of The Death Certificate and The Lady with a Beard, was born at Ngomboku in Kupe-Muanenguba Division, South-West Province, Cameroon. He studied at the Universities of Yaoundé and Leeds, and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Yaoundé 1 Cameroon.