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Descripción de editorial
A vivid coming-of-age tale set in a big Nigerian city about a young man trying to make his way as a journalist and band leader in the big city.
Chinua Achebe was the author of the first book published in the legendary Heinemann African Writers Series that, starting in the 1950s, brought contemporary African literature to the attention of the world. The second was by Cyprian Ekwensi. People of the City, Ekwensi’s early masterpiece, is the tale of Amusa Sango, a young man who travels from the country to a great and crazy city that is not named but might well be taken for Lagos, where he means to make a career as a crime reporter while leading a dance band whose calypsos and konkomas “delight the heart of city women.” Amuso is a man on the make, looking for stories, success, sex, maybe even love, and he finds a lot of what he’s looking for, though whether he can hold on to what he has and get what he wants is another story altogether. Ekwensi’s delicious novel has the swagger, bravado, and elation of the great bands of West Africa.
The late Nigerian author Ekwensi, in his electric debut novel, originally published in 1963, follows the exploits of Amusa Sango in mid-20th-century Lagos. Sango works as a crime reporter for the West African Sensation, plays in a dance band, rents a room in a fine home where he lives with his houseboy, and enjoys the lush vibrancy of the city. Yet his dreams are thwarted by government corruption, the elitist attitudes of the upper class, and his own selfishness. Sango is a womanizer and has one-night stands with what seems an endless stream of young, beautiful women available to him. But when his relationship with the beguiling thief Aina and the illegal schemes of his friend Bayo lead to his being evicted, Sango becomes increasingly aimless and frustrated. He flits from one girl to another, hides his situation from his ailing mother, and continues to engage in reckless if truthful reporting on the rampant corruption in the city. Ekwensi (1921 2007) paints a vivid picture of cultural cacophony in a modernizing Nigeria filled with colonizers, revolutionaries, dreamers, and schemers. The mesmerizing tale and its feckless, frustrating protagonist provide stark glimpses into the class struggles, misogyny, and violence that often lurk beneath a bustling metropolis.