By Marvin A. Lewis
Spain’s merely former colony in sub-Saharan Africa, Equatorial Guinea is domestic to a literature of transition—songs of freedom during which authors ponder their identification in the context of modern colonialism and dictatorship.
An creation to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea is the 1st book-length serious research 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 impression 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 concept, Marvin A. Lewis exhibits 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 procedure and its manifestations in literature.
In displaying how the perspectives of the kingdom 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 matters in Spanish yet are African of their souls. In examining the works of either well known and rising writers, he marks the subjects that give a contribution to the formation of nationwide identification: Hispanic history, the parable of Bantu harmony, “bonding in adversity” throughout the Nguema regime, and the Equatoguinean diaspora.
Lewis presents an available advent to the paintings of important writers in a brand new zone of literary learn and contains the main exhaustive and updated bibliography on hand at the topic. His is a groundbreaking paintings that broadens our figuring out of African literature and may be the bedrock for destiny stories of this Hispanic nook of Africa.
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I transcend the heat and the cold, the white and black, the large and the small, the here, now or over there . . far away. (El trópico no relumbra en mis versos; ni el invierno glacial. Trasciendo el calor y el frío, lo blanco y lo negro, lo grande y lo chico, lo aquí, ahora o allá . . ) (33) 010 c1 (14-64) 5/10/07 11:11 AM Page 30 30 / An Introduction to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea This selection, like “The Poem,” begins with a negation that reverberates throughout the first stanza, allowing the poet to undermine the notion of referentiality.
Poeta que en el crepúsculo, bañado por el sonido de mis timbales, sonrío, lloro o canto en ritmo y color de sabor ecuatoguineano. Poeta soy que, al llegar la alborada, Busco expresar lo que siento. Voy susurrando al oído del destino las ansias de amor y fe que encierra mi corazón. Poeta soy, y en mi vibrante canción busco grabar en el cielo y en tu corazón el hambre de paz, amor y libertad que en mi alma anidan. Soy poeta que, en la tormenta y en la calma, apeando voy por mi selva: voy buscando aquel silencio perdido capaz de describirme el pasado y ayudarme a vivir el presente.
Te quiero desde aquella tarde madrileña ¿te acuerdas? Me diste a beber desde las profundidades de tu mirada, y me descubriste un nuevo horizonte hasta entonces desconocido. ) (86) 010 c1 (14-64) 5/10/07 11:11 AM Page 44 44 / An Introduction to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea The relationship begins with an exchanged glance and evolves into something lasting. The speaker reminds his beloved that a chance encounter has yielded unexpected results: And a miracle took place in me, and your blood fertilized my blood, and a dream of love became flesh, it became smile, flower and star.
An Introduction to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea: Between Colonialism and Dictatorship by Marvin A. Lewis