Annotations for Coup


Baker & Taylor
In the imaginary sub-Saharan state of Kush, its American-educated dictator, Ellellou resists the incursion of Western civilization's questionable advances, but Coke, Macdonald's, and women's lib will not be put off

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Random House, Inc.
The Coup describes violent events in the imaginary African nation of Kush, a large, landlocked, drought-ridden, sub-Saharan country led by Colonel Hakim FÚlix Ellello├╗. ("A leader," writes Colonel Ellello├╗, "is one who, out of madness or goodness, takes upon himself the woe of a people. There are few men so foolish.") Colonel Ellello├╗ has four wives, a silver Mercedes, and a fanatic aversion--cultural, ideological, and personal--to the United States. But the U.S. keeps creeping into Kush, and the repercussions of this incursion constitute the events of the novel. Colonel Ellello├╗ tells his own story--always elegantly, and often in the third person--from an undisclosed location in the South of France.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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