koralleen (koralleen) wrote,

forty-two: libraries

illlogoThere was a rotten snarkpiece in the Washington Post at the beginning of the Africa Leaders Summit last month, a really dumb review of Chantal Biya's hair. If anyone at WaPo is wondering why I let my subscription lapse, that article will be among the reasons: it was pointless fluff about an otherwise interesting character. I learned a lot about her from her Wikipedia page before it was edited, but if you go there now you can still read a very mild account of the Bertrand Teyou "incident". Teyou wrote a biography of Biya and was jailed for it.

I wanted to read that book. It was never officially banned, but most of the copies were destroyed. WorldCat shows only two: one in the Netherlands, one in the Library of Congress. It wouldn't be too difficult to wander over to the LoC, but I sent an interlibrary loan request and what do you know? They delivered—during Banned Book Week, no less. It'll take me a while to get through it; it's short, but I'm up to my ears in work and school and, er, social commitments through Sunday.

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