The Radiance of the King

The Radiance of the King



At the beginning of this masterpiece of African literature, Clarence, a white man, has been shipwrecked on the coast of Africa. Flush with self-importance, he demands to see the king, but the king has just left for the south of his realm. Traveling through an increasingly phantasmagoric landscape in the company of a beggar and two roguish boys, Clarence is gradually stripped of his pretensions, until he is sold to the royal harem as a slave. But in the end Clarence’s bewildering journey is the occasion of a revelation, as he discovers the image, both shameful and beautiful, of his own humanity in the alien splendor of the king.

  • ISBN:
    9781590174555
  • Book Format:
    paperback
  • Edition:
    1
  • Pages:
    312
  • Year:
    2011
Camara Laye
  • Name:
    Camara Laye
  • Gender:
    male
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  • Biography:
    Camara Laye (January 1, 1928 - February 4, 1980) was an African writer from Guinea. He was the author of The African Child (L'Enfant noir), a novel based loosely on his own childhood, and The Radiance of the King (Le Regard du roi). Both novels are among the earliest major works in Francophone African literature.