Books: Brotherhood of Victims

BOUND TO VIOLENCE by Yambo Ouologuem. Translated by Ralph Manheim. 182 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. $5.95.

For animals and humans it is fate Either to be victim or the bait.

Nothing less savage—or less funny —than Anthony Hecht's couplet commentary on Aesop, the slave as moralist, should introduce this small masterpiece on man's ingenious cruelty to man. Yambo Ouologuem (pronounced Oo-o-lo-guem), born 30 years ago in the French Sudan, now the Republic of Mali, writes from the point of view of victim. But what a victim!

Too raging to be merely satirical, too exuberant to be tragic, his first novel (the first African novel...

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