Waiting For The Wild Beasts To Vote

Front Cover
Random House, Jan 25, 2011 - Fiction - 464 pages
2 Reviews

Ahmadou Kourouma's remarkable novel is narrated by Bingo, a West African sora - storyteller and king's fool. Over the course of five nights he tells the life story of Koyaga, President and Dictator of the Gulf Coast. Orphaned at the age of seven, Koyaga grows up to be a terrible hunter; he fights mythical beasts, and is a shape-shifter, capable of changing himself into beasts and birds. He fights in the French colonial armies, in Vietnam and Algeria, but on his return he mounts a coup and becomes ruler and dictator of the Gulf Coast. For thirty years he runs a corrupt but 'clean' state, surviving repeated assassination attempts and gaining support and investment from abroad. But when the 'First World' decides it no longer want to support dictatorships and call for democracy, he needs another ruse to maintain himself in power...

Part magic, part history, part savage satire, Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote is nothing less than a history of post-colonial Africa itself.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - kidzdoc - LibraryThing

This is a satirical novel about a fictitious African dictator, which interweaves myth with colonial and postcolonial history and a brutal sense of humor. I thought it was about 200 pages too long and ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - mattresslessness - LibraryThing

Results may be similar to a Ugandan film industry remake of the Odyssey, starring Idi Amin. Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2011)

Ahmadou Kourouma was born in 1927 in the small town of Boundiali in the Ivory Coast. As a young man he fought in the French colonial army in Indochina and studied science in France. On returning to the Ivory Coast he worked in insurance, but having fallen foul of the regime was jailed for a number of months and subsequently went into exile. He returned for four years in the early 1970s before leaving the country once more, living in Togo and Cameroon until 1993, when he returned finally to the Ivory Coast. He wrote plays and four novels and was the winner of the Prix Renaudot, the Prix Inter and the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens. He died in 2003.

Bibliographic information