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Title:Zamenga Batukezanga: The Novelist and the Ethnographer
Author:MacGaffey, WyattISNI
Periodical:Africana Journal
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
About person:Zamenga Batukezanga (1933-)
Abstract:Zamenga Batukezanga, a MuKongo from Bas-Zaire, is a successful popular novelist, the only one in Zaire. However, his work is pervaded by a tension between documentary reporting and creative transformation. The question of determining the validity of his representation of Zairean experience is frustrated in the end by his real lack of integration in any particular public, whether the 'modern' literate audience or traditional customary society. The controversies and ambiguities surrounding the meaning of what he writes, and how it is to be read, reflect real contradictions in his life, which are also real contradictions in Zairean society. - Bibliogr., notes.