Author(s): Ahmadou Kourouma
he author was born on the Ivory Coast, leaving to serve in the French colonial army in Indo China, and to study in France. He returned home, left, and finally returned for good in 1993. The winner of many French fiction awards, this is one of his four novels. "A witty and authentic chronicle of black African atrocity...Spellbinding" Spectator
A magical, blackly funny tapestry of a book, which, through the rise and fall of its central character, the dictator of a small imaginary former French African colony, tells the story, bitter, painful and beautiful, of modern Africa.
Ahmadou Kourouma was born in the Ivory Coast in 1927. He fought in the French army in Indochina and studied in France. After independence, he spent many years in exile before returning to the Ivory Coast in 1993. He is regarded as one of the leading African writers in French.