Tchicaya U Tam'si
|Tchicaya U Tam'si|
August 25, 1931
Mpili, French Equatorial Africa (now Republic of the Congo)
|Died||April 22, 1988|
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.
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.
- 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
- "Tchicaya U Tam’si. Congolese poet", Encyclopædia Britannica.
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