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.

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┬áconstitute 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.