Young girl’s search for her father leads to her find­ing a real fam­ily

Cape Times - - LIFESTYLE - Sue Townsend

LA BASTARDA Tri­fo­nia Me­libea Obono (R210) MODJAJI

LA BASTARDA is an in­trigu­ing novella (although it is sub­ti­tled “A Novel” it is only 84 pages). Trans­lated from Span­ish by Lawrence Schimel, it nar­rates the story of Okomo, a young girl born out of wed­lock to a young mother who died in child­birth. She lives in a vil­lage in Equa­to­rial Guinea with her ex­tended Fang fam­ily. Okomo is des­per­ate to find her father, but is thwarted at ev­ery turn by her grand­par­ents. Fam­ily life is com­pli­cated by the pres­ence of grand­fa­ther Osa’s sec­ond wife.

Mat­ters are fur­ther com­pli­cated by Okomo’s much-loved (by her) un­cle Marcelo, who is de­scribed as a man-woman and who will not obey Fang tra­di­tion and im­preg­nate his ster­ile brother’s wife. Okomo goes to the for­est to meet her ban­ished un­cle and meets three girls who are out­casts. Okomo falls in with them and takes refuge in the for­est. An in­ter­est­ing read. |

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