Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote by Ahmadou Kourouma

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The sora Bingo, storyteller and singer, assisted by his responder Tiecoura, fool and initiate in the cathartic phase, narrates to the dictator Koyaga the donsomana of his life.

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A purificatory narrative, this entails honesty. As Tiecoura, to whom everything is permitted, says: “We will tell the truth, about your dictatorship, your parents, and your collaborators. The whole truth about your dirty tricks, your bullshit, your lies, your many crimes and assassinations…”

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And so they proceed, describing Koyaga’s “Naked People” and their relationship with the French, his mother and his father, who fought in the trenches of WWI, his prowess as a master hunter and his service in the French army in Indo-China and Algeria, his role in the achievement of independence by the “Republic of the Gulf”, the coup and bloodletting that brought him to power, and the decades of his rule. They also tell the story of minister of…

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Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote by Ahmadou Kourouma

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