Kaveena

Kaveena

Kaveena

Kaveena

Synopsis

This dark and suspenseful novel tells the story of a fictitious West African country caught in the grip of civil war. The dispassionate and deadpan narrator, Asante Kroma, is a former head of Secret Services and finds himself living with the corpse of the dictator, a man who once ruled his nation with an iron fist. Through a series of flashbacks and letters penned by the dictator, N'Zo Nikiema, readers discover the role of the French shadow leader, Pierre Castaneda, whose ongoing ambition to exploit the natural resources of the country knows no limits. As these powerful men use others as pawns in a violent real-life chess match, it is the murder of six-year-old Kaveena and her mother's quest for vengeance that brings about a surprise reckoning.

Excerpt

The Cameroonian writer Mongo Beti (1932–2001), one of the foremost African writers of the twentieth century and a virulent, often caustically opinionated, critic of African literatures, wrote the preface to Boubacar Boris Diop’s first novel. Beti lauded Le temps de Tamango (1981) for its audacious aesthetic experimentations and political savvy about postindependence governance in Africa. the acclaimed novel set the tone for Diop’s rich plays, short stories, and dynamic corpus; he is a prolific author whose output includes novels, screenplays, and collections of essays on writing and the role of literature, neoliberalism and globalization. His sought-out opinion pieces on current events have secured his standing as a noted public intellectual and one of the most incisive commentators on African affairs and global geopolitics. in his works of both fiction and nonfiction, Diop exerts a dexterous intellectual vigilance that has roots in a sociocultural and political background that spans colonial and postindependence Senegal.

Boubacar Boris Diop was born in 1946 in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, a country that gained its independence from France fourteen years after Diop’s birth. Diop first taught literature and philosophy, and later contributed in significant ways to the development of an independent press in Senegal through his activities as a journalist. He launched his literary career with Le temps de Tamango and went on to publish several award-winning novels, including the highly . . .

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