Blogue d'un québécois expatrié en Angleterre. Comme toute forme d'autobiographie est constituée d'une large part de fiction, j'ai décidé de nommer le blogue Vraie Fiction.
Friday, 16 June 2017
Devil of a State
As we are still celebrating the 100th year of the birth of Anthony Burgess, my favourite writer, and as it is summer here, I thought I would make a summer read suggestion about one of his lesser known novel, Devil of a State. That it sounds like an essay about the result of UK's last elections is just a happy coincidence. The state in question is the fictitious Dunia in Africa. Muslim country
run by a Caliph, the story is set on in the time before the opening of
the new mosque. The (anti)hero is
British passport officer Francis Lydgate, accidental bigamist, father of
children from an African mistress/concubine, lost in the chaos of post
colonial Africa. Tensions and struggles between Europeans, Australians
and the native population, between a fallen British Empire and a country
not ready but eager for independence, between all sorts of political ideologies and races, make for a hilarious dystopian tragicomedy. You also have two
Italian marble workers, father and son, also in conflict, beer drinking
in the mosque, rumors of head shrinking in the jungle, an uranium
mine, religious zealotry of all faiths, this is a dense book and truly a
devil of a state.