Henri Lopes’ novels display both a staging and a deep reflection on the African writer’s figure. His metatextual and metafictional practices reveal tensions inherent to the literary field as well as some literary postures available to African novelists. Different intertextual games (with existing literary works, with fictitious pieces of writing, between the different narratives imagined by Lopes himself) underscore the mimical and antagonist relationships between writers, characters and the symbolical figures of the author and the father. This allows the novelist to present himself as both a politically committed and a culturally hybrid writer.
"Henri Lopes : l’écrivain et ses doubles,"
Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature: Vol. 78
, Article 5.
Available at: https://crossworks.holycross.edu/pf/vol78/iss1/5