My Kingdom for a Guitar is a novel based on the remarkable life of Cameroonian-born writer and musician Francis Bebey. Born in Douala, Cameroon, Bebey studied in Paris and New York. He found fame when his first novel, Le Fils d'Agatha Moudio (Agatha Moudio's Son), was published in 1967, and that fame continued to grow with the release of his first album in 1969. He would go on to become one of the best-known singer-songwriters of Africa, whose groundbreaking style merged Cameroonian makossa with classical guitar, jazz, and pop.
Narrated by Bebey's daughter, Kidi, My Kingdom for a Guitar is a tribute to her late father and his family. Through a combination of recollections and fiction, it offers the reader a chance to witness the admiration of a daughter for her father and the love of a man for his music.
A wonderful translation of a gentle and yet poignant fictionalized (auto-)biography of the intensely creative Cameroonian musician, poet and critic Francis Bebey. This family saga, narrated by his daughter, Kidi seamlessly merges its descriptions of a uniquely cosmopolitan Paris in the 1960s and 1970s and an African country's struggles to move beyond the colonial experience.~Pim Higginson, University of New Mexico