Young girl’s search for her father leads to her finding a real family
LA BASTARDA Trifonia Melibea Obono Loot.co.za (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. |