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2015-03-23
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by René Pelissier

2015-03-23
 
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Tchicaya U Tam’si. Le viol de la nuit. Vie et œuvre d’un maudit

Boniface Mongo-Mboussa

Vents d’ailleurs, 2014Deprived of the affection of his mother from earliest childhood, Gérald subsequently has considerable difficulty in following the path mapped out for him by his father, one of the “évolués”, the so-called African elite produced by the colonial administration, who very quickly leaves teaching for various clerical posts in the private sector. He then enlists as a sergeant in the French army at the outbreak of the war and after the Liberation climbs the ranks of the social hierarchy to become the first black Deputy from French Equatorial Africa (AEF) in the National Assembly, at the time of the Constituent Assembly in 1946. Following his arrival in France, the young Gérald has a brush with the school authorities and, with his club foot which creates a living hell for him in the playground, suffers from not being able to shake off the inevitable role of outsider. Such is the life of Tchicaya U Tam’si, son of Jean Félix-Tchicaya, Deputy for Middle Congo and Gabon under the Fourth Republic.

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