By John Updike
The Coup describes violent occasions within the imaginary African kingdom of Kush, a wide, landlocked, drought-ridden, sub-Saharan nation led by way of Colonel Hakim Félix Ellelloû. (“A leader,” writes Colonel Ellelloû, “is person who, out of insanity or goodness, takes upon himself the woe of a humans. There are few males so foolish.”) Colonel Ellelloû has 4 better halves, a silver Mercedes, and a enthusiast aversion—cultural, ideological, and personal—to the U.S.. however the U.S. retains creeping into Kush, and the repercussions of this incursion constitute the occasions of the unconventional. Colonel Ellelloû tells his personal story—always elegantly, and sometimes within the 3rd person—from an undisclosed situation within the South of France.
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