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Cecilia rated it liked it Jan 14, Mark-phillip rated it really liked it Mar 05, Jan 15, Ryan rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 16, Bunza rated it liked it Shelves: In fact, according to Donal Herdeck from Georgetown University, the author of the book’s introduction, this book played a major role in initiating the half-century of protest that led to African independence and it influenced numerous African writers of the important “negritude” school.

Jun 09, Tinea rated it liked it Shelves: Jill rated it liked it Aug 15, Jan 30, Carrie rated it liked it Shelves: Admired both by Hemingway and early African nationalists, Batouala was the first novel by a writer of African descent to win France’s highest literary prize. Kris rated it liked it Apr 06, Batouala could really benefit from an academic introduction to situate it within the time period and explain who the author was and how his writing challenged the contemporary colonial imagination of the lives of African peoples.

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Villages have grown fewer and farther between, the plantations have disappeared, the goats and poultry have been exterminated. Combine 2 12 Mar 03, Madan of the historical context and significance is lost and so it seems to at first be a rather insignificant text. You will attack the slave-drivers.


Fighting them will be harder than tilting at windmills.

The introduction provides perspective to the time period and the author’s intention helping to appreciate the work a little more.

Sep 02, Jeffrey Lamoureux rated it liked it Shelves: But I can see for the time it was written it was startling in it’s open portrayal of anti-colonialism among Africans.

Vincentclay rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Mara rated it it was ok Sep 08, Free ebook version available at Open Library. Erik rated it really liked it Apr 04, If we knew of what vileness the great colonial life is composed, of what daily vileness, we should talk of rrne less, we should not talk of it at all. maram

Batokala rated it liked it Aug 28, Remy rated it liked it Sep 11, Return to Book Page. None of the characters were consistently sympathetic, and overall it seemed so pedantic in tone. Christopher rated it liked it Jul 19, Lucy rated it it was ok Aug 30, Christoph rated it really liked it Oct 12, Open Preview See a Problem?

French African prose can be given a beginning with the publication in of the novel Batouala. To ask other readers questions about Batoualamarn sign up.

It was covered with plantations of every kind and teemed with goats and poultry.

Batouala by Rene Maran – Heinemann

Intellectual anemia joining hands with moral debility, they have deceived their country and felt no remorse. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


A condition so abject must be a matter of prune concern to those who are charged with representing France, the men who assume responsibility for the evils from which certain parts of the Negro country are at present suffering. As for the natives, they were broken down by incessant toil, for which they were not paid, abtouala were robbed of even the time to sow their crops.

In addition to being an exceptional story, the book has a cultural significance as the first great novel about Africa by a black writer.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It’s still not a battouala good book. Hey anthropologists and poly-sci students who are all flocking to study CAR now given its crisis hot-spot position on the world stage: I read this in French for my graduate class and had to try to analyze it in terms of being the first novel of the Negritude Movement.

A2 rated it it was amazing Jun 17, What I urge upon you to set right is everything embraced in the administration’s euphemism of “mistakes.

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Nowadays there is a fantastic amount of gorgeous, critical, intricate fiction by African authors from across the continent, so the faults of this novel ring louder than the criticism and challenge it presented at the time.