A magical, blackly funny tapestry of a book, which, through the rise and fall of its central character, the dictator of a small imaginary former French African colony, tells the story, bitter, painful and beautiful, of modern Africa.
Ahmadou Kourouma was born in the Ivory Coast in 1927. He fought in the French army in Indochina and studied in France. After independence, he spent many years in exile before returning to the Ivory Coast in 1993. He is regarded as one of the leading African writers in French.
This is a tour de force - original, irreverent, brutal, funny,
poetic - in which history and myth are brilliantly evoked --
Margaret Busby * Independent *
A brilliant, often hilarious, political satire * Daily Telegraph *
A thoroughgoing indictment of the African way of leadership * Guardian *
Witty and wholly authentic chronicle of black African atrocity... Spellbinding * Spectator *
One of the most powerful, funniest and richest novels written in French this decade * Le Nouvel Observateur *