The Radiance of the King Author:Camara Laye A black writer penetrates the heart of a white man in this brilliant tragicomic parable of two Africas -- a literary and symbolic masterpiece which exposes as never before the mind and spirit of a white pilgrim and his black counterpart. — One glimpse of the magnificent black King og Kings, and the white man Clarence realizes that only in his ser... more »vice will he ever find peace. Down and out but arrogant, he assumes that his color will automatically gain him an audience. But his appeal is denied, and he becomes obsessed with the desire to confront the King at any cost. And so begins Clarence's odyssey. Fleeing from gambling debts, corrupt justice, and the contempt of his fellow whites, he begins a gruelling trek to the savage South, accompanied by a roguish beggar and two boys. The overwhelming jungle and its many false trails finally give way to the South, "provocative and cruel, lascivious and unmentionable," where Clarence comes to the end of a bizarre hallucinatory quest for "soul" and redemption in "The Radiance of the King."
Camara Laye was born in French Guinea, lived and studied in Paris, and now lives in exile in Senegal. He is the author of "Dark Child" and "A Dream of Africa".« less