In Search of Yambo Ouologuem is a fascinating book written by Christopher Wise about Yambo Ouologuem, the writer and author of Le Devoir de Violence. It was a controversial novel which, after publication, resulted in him leaving the African literary stage prematurely and abruptly because of allegations of plagiarism; and Ouloguem’s assertion that he was discriminated against and that the publishers had deliberately set out to smear his name by making alterations to the manuscript or not publishing modifications that he had made to his manuscript. In Search of Yambo, Ouloguem is a slim volume published by Chimurenga Press. It is fascinating in its exploration of Ouologuem in that it manages to pin down its subject. He is not entirely an enigma. The writer – Christopher Wise, does have an encounter with him. It is an interesting episodic encounter….
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