ISBN 9789956616114
Pages 68
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2010
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

The Call of Blood

by John Nkemngong Nkengasong

Efenze, the President of the Board of Directors of government companies and a member of the Central Committee of the Ruling Party, eliminates his erstwhile business contractor, Sancheu, with the complicity of the latter's wife. His aim is to inherit Sancheu's widow and wealth and to forge his way into the Political Bureau of the Party. The Call of Blood is a dramatization of evil in its multifaceted dimensions including treachery, infidelity, greed, hypocrisy, double-crossing and vaulting ambition in a postcolonial society where those who wield political and financial power thrive or perish by their involvement in obscure schemes. The play is enriched by a great sense of dramatic economy and poetic style evident in the preponderant use of local imagery.

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“In this total and dramatic depiction of evil, Nkengasong’s subjection of his characters to the judgment of the garbage heap, characteristic of most of his writings, portrays him not only as an abstruse visionary but also a probing garbage heap philosopher.”

Niq Mhlongo, South African Writer(Author of "Dog Eat Dog" and "After Tears")

About the Author

John Nkemngong Nkengasong

John Nkemngong Nkengasong is a Cameroonian poet, playwright, novelist and critic. His major publications include Black Caps and Red Feathers (2001), Across the Mongolo (2004), W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot: Myths and Poetics of Modernism (2005), The Widow’s Might (2006) and A Stylistic Guide to Literary Appreciation (2007). He has been a Fulbright scholar at New York University, guest writer at the University of Oxford, visiting academic at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and recently a participant in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, USA. He is currently Associate Professor of Literature at the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon.

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