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By Marvin A. Lewis

Spain’s in simple terms former colony in sub-Saharan Africa, Equatorial Guinea is domestic to a literature of transition—songs of freedom during which authors contemplate their id in the context of modern colonialism and dictatorship.

            An creation to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea is the 1st book-length serious examine of this literature, a multigenre research encompassing fifty years of poetry, drama, essays, and prose fiction. either resident and exiled authors supply insights into the effect of colonialism and dictatorship below Spanish rule and examine the culmination of “independence” below the regimes of Francisco Macías Nguema and Teodoro Obiang Nguema. studying those works from the viewpoint of postcolonial idea, Marvin A. Lewis indicates how writings from Equatorial Guinea depict the conflict of conventional and ecu cultures and replicate a dictatorship that produced poverty, distress, and oppression. He assesses with specific care the effect of the Macías reafricanization technique and its manifestations in literature.

In displaying how the perspectives of the country correspond and diverge in works of writers comparable to Maria Nsue Angue, Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo, and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Lewis brings to mild artists who articulate their issues in Spanish yet are African of their souls. In studying the works of either popular and rising writers, he marks the topics that give a contribution to the formation of nationwide identification: Hispanic background, the parable of Bantu solidarity, “bonding in adversity” through the Nguema regime, and the Equatoguinean diaspora.

            Lewis presents an available creation to the paintings of critical writers in a brand new quarter of literary learn and contains the main exhaustive and updated bibliography to be had at the topic. His is a groundbreaking paintings that broadens our realizing of African literature and may be the bedrock for destiny reports of this Hispanic nook of Africa.

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In the introduction to Voices of Foam, Ciríaco Bokesa comments upon the universal nature of his poetry and elaborates a type of “arte poética”: Being and universe; existence and time; love and freedom, with the human being in the background are the group of themes and the recurring now that bind me, from the rain or the wound of a child, to the memories of Aristotle or the dream of flowers. It is convenient to inform the reader not to look for easy poetry here; a social or political poetry, environmental or of the countryside.

Fue consejero del presidente Teodoro Obiang y ocupó las carteras ministeriales de Trabajo y Cultura, Turismo y Promoción Artesanal. ) (449) Like Bokesa, Balboa Boneke initially worked with the power structure when he returned to Equatorial Guinea, hoping to build a better nation. However, for many Equatorial Guinean writers who returned home, the 8. Juan Balboa Boneke, Sueños en mi selva: antología poética, 78–79. 010 c1 (14-64) 5/10/07 11:11 AM Page 39 Poetry: In Search of an Authentic Voice / 39 gap between expectation and realization was profound.

I stole the African accent, I dreamed of a poet in the night and he was a public singer to the sonorous rhythm of bronze. Receive my verses, Guillén, my rhythm, my meter, my rhyme natives of Mother Africa, en route over there through the Antilles. (Quisiera tejer mi palabra con esta emoción que me embarga y hacerla volar presurosa a Cuba, mitad africana. Guillén Nicolás, compañero: labré con mi canto corona, Maestro, Cantor y Poeta, Salud a tu egregia persona. Robé el acento africano, poeta soñé en la noche y era cantor pregonero al ritmo sonoro del bronce.

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