The Story of Mongo Beti: Cameroonian Author who Published Multiple Novels

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On June 30, 1932, Mongo Beti (pictured) was born in Mbalmayo, Cameroon. At the age of 69, he died on October 8, 2001, in Douala, Cameroon.

Beti was a Cameroonian civic writer and litterateur. He was well-known for his published work in French writing for an affiliate of the Beti individuals. A crucial matter of Beti’s starting narrative is the foundational dispute of customary forms in the African nation. This promotes the elimination of the entire remnant upon imperialism within the structure of settler regulation.

Beti’s prime critical book titled, “Le Pauvre Christ de Bomba” which means “The Poor Christ of Bomba,” was published in 1956. This derided the damaging impact of French Catholic clergy tasks in Cameroon. The first story he issued was tracked from another novel titled, “Mission Terminée.” This fictional story was released as “Mission to Kala” and “Mission Accomplished” in 1957.    

Beti’s published book targeted the French settlement principles by a youthful gentleman that went back to a small town he owns. This young man had slight doubts about going back to his hometown due to his inadequate performance on the exam at school. He finds himself to be honored for his accomplishments from the rural individuals and estranged by their lifestyle. This was another issue that impacted the young man’s skepticism in returning to the suburbs.  

Beti discontinued literature over ten years once he released his other book. His judgment was concentrated upon the settler attributes of Africa’s during autarky authorities.

In 1972, the book titled, “Main Basse Sur le Cameroun” which means “Rape of Cameroon” was published. The novel covers the positioning of a new imperialism government in his hometown and was proscribed from France and Cameroon right away. Another book titled, “Perpétue et L’habitude du Malheur” meaning “Perpetua and the Habit of Unhappiness” and “Remember Ruben” was released after the twenty-four-month period in 1974.

Perpetua was an enigmatic anecdote of the killing upon an assuring youthful lady through the joint pressure of the reversed customs and new settler wickedness.

In 1979, the novel titled, “La Ruine Presque Cocasse d’un Polichinelle” which is “The Nearly Comical Ruin of a Puppet” was published. The “Remember Ruben” and the “La Ruine Presque Cocasse d’un Polichinelle” narrates the fortuities upon various rebels that battled opposing and conquering a French-supported authority in their recent liberated nation. 


Encyclopedia Britannica, inc. (n.d.). Mongo Beti. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved

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