By Marvin A. Lewis
Spain’s basically former colony in sub-Saharan Africa, Equatorial Guinea is domestic to a literature of transition—songs of freedom within which authors consider their identification in the context of modern colonialism and dictatorship.
An advent to the Literature of Equatorial Guinea is the 1st book-length serious learn 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 influence of colonialism and dictatorship less than Spanish rule and examine the end result of “independence” below the regimes of Francisco Macías Nguema and Teodoro Obiang Nguema. studying those works from the point of view of postcolonial thought, Marvin A. Lewis exhibits how writings from Equatorial Guinea depict the conflict of conventional and ecu cultures and mirror a dictatorship that produced poverty, distress, and oppression. He assesses with specific care the influence of the Macías reafricanization strategy and its manifestations in literature.
In displaying how the perspectives of the kingdom correspond and diverge in works of writers equivalent 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 interpreting the works of either well known and rising writers, he marks the topics that give a contribution to the formation of nationwide identification: Hispanic historical past, the parable of Bantu team spirit, “bonding in adversity” through the Nguema regime, and the Equatoguinean diaspora.
Lewis offers an available creation to the paintings of important writers in a brand new quarter of literary research 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 stories of this Hispanic nook of Africa.