Bound to violence

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Harcourt College Publishers, Jan 1, 1971 - Fiction - 182 pages
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Review: Bound to Violence

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This is not a book I've read but the story of the author, Yambo Ouloguem and the controversy surrounding this book make it one of the top African titles on my 'wishlist'. If you like this book or ... Read full review

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Great great book. Difficult at times but in this novel Ouloguem shows sparks of the genius he could have become. Too bad that he lives life in seclusion now. The sometimes 'messy' part is done on ... Read full review


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About the author (1971)

Yambo Ouologuem is one of the most radical of contemporary African writers. His only published novel to date, Bound to Violence (1968), is a powerful, vituperative, and controversial assault on Islam and Arabs. It presents Islam as a vicious, destabilizing, and culturally alienating system whose unholy alliance with state power has resulted over the years in barbaric slave raids, the creation of male-chauvinist harems, and the ruthless exploitation of the masses and the countryside. In the novel, Ouologuem reveals a commitment to the crusade for the total decolonization of the African mind by Islam as well as Christianity. He views the two as antithetical alien religions whose dogmas inhibit African self-expression and freedom.

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