Upon release of his novel Burning was Picasso’s gaze (Gallimard, en 2021), Eugène Ébodé had challenged President Emmanuel Macron about the portrait of Mado, nickname of Madeleine Petrasch, whose true and romantic story he tells.
Born from the loves of a servant Cameroonian and a Swedish expatriate, the one who had become friends with artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall or Dali had witnessed the arrival of General Leclerc’s troops in Douala, from where de Gaulle had started his counterattack against Nazi Germany.
Achille Mbembe and Eugène Ébodé, two irreconcilable visions of Pan-Africanism
Ébodé wanted to revive this positive memory. The services of the presidency had written to him, then, nothing more… A regret for him. Administrator for several months of the new chair of African literature and arts at the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, the young sixty-something publish next october dress up the sky, an autobiographical story highlighting a woman who, unable to read or write, nevertheless greatly contributed to making him the writer he became: his mother, who died in 2020. A tribute also to all the women who pass too often under the radar of the news.
Capcov: French President Emmanuel Macron has just completed a tour of Africa, of which Cameroon will have been the controversial first stage. What is your take on this visit ?