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Guinea: “The Radiance of the King” by Camara Laye

Radiance of the King

The strong sense of outsidership in “The Radiance of the King” illustrates the clear influence of time spent abroad for author Camara Laye, assuming that Laye is properly credited with authorship. A controversy about whether Laye received extensive help — or even whether Laye was at all involved — in producing the novels attributed to them has received some attention in literary circles. Scholars have analyzed the writing of Laye’s two major books — including “The Radiance of the King” and found distinctly European phrasing and descriptions of parts of Africa and traditions Laye would not have been exposed to in his upbringing. . . . → Read More: Guinea: “The Radiance of the King” by Camara Laye