Tchicaya U Tam'si

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Tchicaya U Tam'si (25 August 1931 - 22 April 1988 ) was a Congolese author. His official name is Gérald-Félix Tchicaya; his pen name means "small paper that speaks for a country" in Kikongo.

Life[edit]

Born in Mpili, near Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (now Congo) in 1931, U Tam'si spent his childhood in France, where he worked as a journalist until he returned to his homeland in 1960. Back in Congo, he continued to work as a journalist; during this time he maintained contact to the politician Patrice Lumumba. In 1961, he started to work for UNESCO.

He died in 1988 in Bazancourt, Oise, near Paris.[1]

Since 1989, the Tchicaya U Tam'si Prize for African Poetry is awarded every two years in the Moroccan city of Asilah.

Style[edit]

U Tam'si's poetry incorporates elements of surrealism; it often has vivid historic images, and comments African life and society, as well as humanity in general.

Selected works[edit]

  • Ces fruits si doux de l'arbre a pain, 1990
  • Les Cancrelats, 1980
  • La Veste d'intérieur suivi de Notes de veille, 1977
  • L'Arc musical, 1969
  • Le Ventre, 1964
  • Épitomé, 1962
  • À triche-coeur, 1960
  • Feu de brousse, 1957
  • Le Mauvais Sang, 1955

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tchicaya U Tam’si. Congolese poet", Encyclopædia Britannica.

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