Rosemary Colmer


Armah's second and third novels, Fragments' and Why Are We So Blest?, are essentially statements about the alienation of the educated elite from the people, and the sense of dissociation and personal dissolution which this induces in those of the elite who feel that their place is among the people. Fragments and Why Are We So Blest? are both strongly influenced by Fanon's study of the psychology of the African bourgeoisie and of the process by which the colonial power attracts the aspirations of the bourgeois.~



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