Rencontres nord-sud chez Essomba (Cameroun): le couple et l’interculturel.
Ethiopiques, 84, pp. 215–228.
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This study, based on three of Essomba’s novels, Le Paradis du nord (1996), Le Dernier gardien de l’arbre (1998) and Une Blanche dans le noir (2001), articulated like a trilogy, considers north-south relationships, represented by interracial couples in the novels. Their sincere intercultural relationship motivated by a genuine desire to appreciate others is presented as the key to harmonious international relations. For mixed couples in Essomba’s novels, premise of a new human race, origin or colour matter little: their survival and fruitfulness result from the successful transmission of ancestral wisdom within the couple, with love acting as an initiation.
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