KATAKALA by Michael Kittermaster


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...is a portrait of an ""Imaginary"" African District under a British protectorate and consists of a series of views of several aspects, some humorous, some pitiful, of the district: the unreliable lake steamer, commandeered by an erratic Beandinavian, which carried all kinds of passengers -- African laborers, traders, civil servants, missionaries; the queer inhabitants of the lake shore -- strange, bizarre European importations -- diamond seekers, crocodile hunters and the usual tropic drunkards; the missionaries of several sects competing for and being used by the wily natives; and the matchless, altogether ridiculous, behavior of the British staff when confronted with a situation for which there was no precedent. This is a portrait drawn in hindsight, tinged by the author's nostalgic remembrance of things as they were, and with the advent of progress, as they are no longer.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1958
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman