” During Kobenan’s two years in the presidency, he has stepped into the presidential office only twice, despite his office door facing Mr. Kone’s. (…) There have been many threatening and delicate situations, but Kobenan usually answers directly to Mr. Kone, so he knows before knocking at the presidential door, where he stands towered over by the two agents, that there must be a crucial situation ahead. “
Kobenan works for the secret services of the imagined West African country Côte d’Espérance. His job is envied by many all the more because he is very young and entrusted with the analysis of the S-cell ; this unit is specialized in cases of sorcery and mysticism, and therefore gives him an insight into a realm very few people know, a realm of mystical power.
When he and agent Biafle have to solve a murder that occured in the polticial highlife of the country, they enter a space in which ancestral beliefs create the background of reality.
In this captivating and fast-pacing narrative, Yessoh G. D. creates an African setting both real and magical and, most important, in which boundaries are never clear cut. What separates sorcery from Kobenan’s working office or the governing political elite ? Here Yessoh G. D. revisits the fantasy genre by paying an homage to West African ancestral rites and culture. More than a popular fiction introducing the readers to an exotic land, Yessoh G. D.’s book is an incursion into different levels of power and ways of transgressing reality through imagination. As characters like Old Paapa epitomize the compatibility between these two worlds, maybe fantasy itself, as the writer says it, should not only function as an escape from reality, but “bend more toward the good” while opening a new world to the reader.
The book is also available on Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/TA-L%C4%98-Book-1-Knowledge-ebook/dp/B08YZ8ZD3V/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=yessoh&qid=1626962777&sr=8-3
Ta Le : Book 1 : Knowledge by Yessoh G.D.
978-1-7775594-1-0 / Library and Archive Canada (March 16, 2021)
Ioana Danaila was born in Romania. She has a PhD in Nigerian postcolonial literature and a First degree in French for Non-Francophone people. She is also the author of a collection of short stories and translated books from French to Romanian. Trilingual in Romanian, French and English, she teaches English language and literature to highschool students in France.