Calixthe Beyala

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Calixthe Beyala

Calixthe Beyala (born 1961) is a Cameroonian-French writer who writes in French.


A Cameroonian author and member of the Eton people, Calixthe Beyala was born in Sa'a to a Cameroonian mother and father.

Her aunt and grandmother were particularly strong influences on her development, and she grew up listening to her grandmother's stories. Stories in which she drew inspiration from and used to motivate her to work hard toward the creation of a meaningful career.[1]

Beyala was educated at the École Principale du Camp Mboppi in Douala and went on to study at the Lycée des Rapides à Bangui and the Lycée Polyvalent de Douala. She eventually won a scholarship to study in Paris at the age of seventeen, where she through a strong academic performance; Obtained a baccalaureate.

After a few years in Spain; She published her first book, C'est le soleil qui m'a brûlée, at the age of 23 and eventually chose to become a full-time writer.[1][2]


  • 1998 - Le Prix comité français de l'UNESCO[3]
  • 1996 – Grand Prix du Roman de l'Académie Française
  • 1994 – Prix François Mauriac de l’Académie française
  • 1994 – Prix tropique
  • 1993 – Grand prix littéraire de l’Afrique noire[4]


  • C'est le soleil qui m'a brûlée 1987 Oxford: Heinemann; Librio, 1997, ISBN 978-2-277-30165-3
  • Tu t'appelleras Tanga, Stock, 1988, ISBN 978-2-234-02142-6
  • Seul le Diable le savait, Pré aux Clercs, 1990, ISBN 978-2-7144-2476-1
  • La négresse rousse (1991); Éd. J'ai lu, 1997, ISBN 978-2-290-04601-2
  • Le petit prince de Belleville, A. Michel, 1992, ISBN 978-2-226-05934-5
  • Maman a un amant, Editions J'ai lu, 1993, ISBN 9782290313770—Grand Prize of Literature of Black Africa
  • Asséze l'Africaine, A. Michel, 1994, ISBN 9782226069986 -- François Mauriac Prize of the Académie française
  • Lettre d'une africaine à ses sœurs occidentales, Spengler, 1995
  • Les Honneurs perdus, A. Michel, 1996, ISBN 978-2-226-08693-8 -- Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française
  • La petite fille du réverbère, Albin Michel, 1998, ISBN 9782226095916—Grand Prize of Unicef
  • Amours sauvages Albin Michel, 1999, ISBN 978-2-226-10818-0; J'ai lu, 2000, ISBN 978-2-290-30902-5
  • Lettre d'une Afro-française à ses compatriotes, Mango, 2000, ISBN 978-2-84270-232-8
  • Comment cuisiner son mari à l'africaine, Albin Michel, 2000, ISBN 978-2-226-11676-5
  • Les arbres en parlent encore…, Librairie générale française, 2004, ISBN 978-2-253-06776-4
  • Femme nue, femme noire, Albin Michel, 2003, ISBN 978-2-226-13790-6
  • La plantation, Albin Michel, 2005, ISBN 978-2-226-15835-2
  • L'homme qui m'offrait le ciel: roman, Albin Michel, 2007, ISBN 978-2-226-17715-5
  • Le Roman de Pauline:roman, Paris, Albin Michel, 2009
  • Les Lions indomptables, Paris, Albin Michel, 2010
  • Le Christ selon l'Afrique,roman, Paris, Albin Michel, 2014

English translations[edit]

  • Loukoum: the 'little prince' of Belleville, Translator Marjolijn De Jager, Heinemann, 1995, ISBN 978-0-435-90968-0
  • The sun hath looked upon me, Translator Marjolijn De Jager, Heinemann, 1996, ISBN 978-0-435-90951-2
  • Your name shall be Tanga, Translator Marjolijn De Jager, Heinemann, 1996, ISBN 978-0-435-90950-5
  • How to Cook Your Husband the African Way, Translator David Cohen, Psychology News Press, 2016, ISBN 978-0-907-63336-5


  1. ^ a b Jagne, Siga Fatima; Parekh, Pushpa Naidu (2012). Postcolonial African Writers: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Routledge. pp. 75–82. ISBN 978-1-136-59397-0.
  2. ^ DeLancey, Mark Dike; Mbuh, Rebecca; Delancey, Mark W. (2010). Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cameroon. Scarecrow Press. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-8108-7399-5.
  3. ^ Dieudonné, Tahafo Fonguieng (2008). Histoire des Femmes célèbres du Cameroun. Yaounde: Editions Cognito. p. 77. ISBN 9956-412-01-5.
  4. ^ Martinek, Claudia (10 January 2005). "Calixthe Beyala". The Literary Encyclopedia.

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