The Viceroy of Ouidah
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The Viceroy of Ouidah is a novel published in 1980 by Bruce Chatwin, a British author.
Chatwin's novel portrays the life of a fictional slave trader named Francisco Manuel da Silva, who is loosely based on a historical white Brazilian, Francisco Félix de Sousa. He became powerful in Ouidah, on the so-called Slave Coast of West Africa, now Benin, Togo, and parts of the Volta Region in Ghana.
Chatwin was caught up in the violence of a coup in Dahomey (now Benin), where Ouidah is located, when he was researching the book.
The novel received mixed reviews. In The New York Times, John Thompson compared The Viceroy to other about-Africa prose works:
"One could mention Graham Greene's Journey Without Maps or, for a work of the imagination based on somewhat less horrendous events, Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God. That novel of West Africa has violence enough, and cruel superstition too, yet it is suffused with the common humanity of which I find not one dried drop in The Viceroy of Ouidah."
- John Thompson, "The Hero Was A Slaver," The New York Times, 19 March 1980.
- "Yarn Spinner," The Guardian, 10 April 1999.
- Richard Utz: "The Viceroy of Ouidah." Entry in Literary Encyclopedia
- The New York Times on The Viceroy
- The Guardian on Bruce Chatwin
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