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  • nyamjoh-2bsepia Francis B. Nyamnjoh is Professor of anthropology at the University of Cape Town in South Africa

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Note de lecture sur "A nose for money" de Francis B. Nyamnjoh

Sur un fond de drame individuel, le romand "A nose for money" est une véritable satyre de la plaie béante d'une société qui rassemble à elle seule toutes les tares de l'Afrique contemporaine.
Dans un style humouristique très caustique qui confine parfois au cynisme, l'auteur peint un tableau sombre et en même très coloré du "PAYS DE LA BIERE" sous les traits des tares rédhibitoires que sont: la delation, la corruption, le trafic d'influences, l'enrississement illicite, l'insalubrité, la prostitution, la cupidité...etc.
Dans cet univers où se déploient des personnages de catégories et de conditions diverses, la quête frénétique et désespérée de l'argent contitue le levier le plus puissant de tous les agissements conscients ou non. C'est une obsession sur l'autel de laquelle se trouvent sacrifiées toutes les valeurs: principes, dignité respectabilité, honorabité, sobriété, pudeur, innocence.
Nul n' échappe à cet avilissement, pas même le vénérable devin, garant présummé des valeurs sociales ancestrales
Une lueur d'optimisme subsiste toutefois pour cette humanité décadente sous les traits du "Mungang", le tradi-praticien homologue de l'autre, dernier bastion à l'assaut de la décrépitude morale de la société contemporaine.
Peintre des drames moraux de son époque, l'auteur se fait également vecteur de ses a priori et clichets. Aussi peut on voir être repris avec emphase, les conceptions qui traditionnellement opposent dans un autre Mimboland, réel celui là, et correspondant au Cameroun, le reputé laxisme des francophones à la présummée rigueur de leurs compatriotes anglophones.
Généralisation hative au vrai d'une situation très complexe et beaucoup plus nuancée. Mais il est également vrai qu'ici est le domaine du romanesque et donc de l'idéal et du non réel, même si parfois, l'auteur met un point d'honneur à planter le décor de l'imaginaire dans le cadre de la réalité. Ainsi, les allusions au condominium franco- britanique, au fédéralisme étatique, les questions de réunification et d'unification, tous ces indicateurs nous situent en plein dans le théatre de l'histoire d'un peuple, qui correspond en tous points au Cameroun en pleine marche vers la constitution de son unité nationale.
D'autres allusions historiques , mais relevant cette fois du registre de la chronique des faits divers sont les anecdotes rapportées autour des meurtres rituels, des orgies sataniques, des envoutements, des déviances sectaires et sectaristes, autant de faits odieux dans lesquels d'éminentes personalités du pays de l'auteur se sont trouvées mêlées ces dernières années. Pourtant, ce dernier choisit d'en user comme de rumeurs non fondées, de calomnies sorties de l'imagerie populaire: Rationalisme cartésien ou prudence du sociologue averti? il ne nous revient pas de discuter l'attitude de l'auteur, à la limite pourrions- nous reprendre à son intention cette expression de son propre cru: "impossible n'est pas Mimboland".

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