Title: The Sun Hath Looked Upon Me
Publication Date: 1996
Book Condition: Very Good In Wrappers
Edition: 1st Edition.
Portsmouth. 1996. Heinemann. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. Translated from the French by Marjolijn de Jager. 120 pages. paperback. Cover illustration bt Jane Human. 0435909517. keywords: Literature Africa Black Women Cameroon Translated. inventory # 35907. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Nineteen-year-old Ateba lives in a slum neighbourhood in the African city of Awu. Abandoned by her prostitute mother, Ateba lodges with her aunt. Caught between the expectations of her aunt, who seeks a high bride-price for her, and the violent threats of her suitor, Ateba begins to lose her fragile hold on sanity. This shocking novel deconstructs the illusions about African women which négritude literature has produced. Beyala gives a voice to those who have learnt the emotional and psychological effects of life in the African ghetto. Calixthe Beyala, born in Cameroon, is the author of LOUKOUM and YOUR NAME SHALL BE TANGA. Bookseller Inventory # 35907
Synopsis: Set in the grim world of urban prostitution, this book gives voice to the multitude of women trapped in African ghettos. Ateba is quiet and unassuming, taking care of her aunt's needs. But she craves the mother who abandoned her, and creates imaginary women to talk to. Then her world is shaker: Jean, the lodger forces a relationship on her; and old neighborhood prostitute dies; and her best friend is killed by a botched abortion. Caught between traditional values, male demands, and the need to survive, Ateba seeks to end the tyranny of men, whom she holds responsible for this suffering.
About the Author: Calixthe Beyala, born in Cameroon, is the author of Loukoum, The Sun Hath Looked Upon Me and Your Name Shall Be Tanga.
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