Bewketu Seyoum, the renowned author and poet who achieved a wide acceptance and recognition to be a celebrated literary star of the time has released a new novel entitled “Megbatna Mewtat: Keastenagaju Mastawosha Yetekenechebe” (In and Out: Excerpts from the Waiter’s notebook.)
Set in a café called Beethoven in a German cultural instititute, the novel features the social interaction between two communities: the Germans and Ethiopian Students. The waiter playing the role of a participating character and observer narrates the story in a 1st person narrative perspective. There are different story parts in which different events, happenings and plots are told in a certain period of time in the café. Thematic and setting relation and the interrelation between the story parts serve as a gluing link between the parts in the formation of a uniform novel. Generally, the novel could be viewed as a big picture made of small mosaics on which parts of the big picture are painted on. Besides, the Germany and Ethiopian parodies like Nitzche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra add another glitz and glamour to the novel.
The story is dominated by round characters that do not stay long in the narration. This is what is behind the title of the novel (In and Out)-characters coming in and out of the novel.
Though some of the stories were published in newspapers, they are further extended and broadened to fit into the form of a novel by Bewketu’s literary craftsmanship. “Many don’t believe and realize that such writing pieces formerly published in newspapers would grow and develop into a novel. However, literary masterpieces like Ana Kerenina and some of Hemingway’s share the same story,” Bewketu remarks.
In addition to his previous publications: Nuari alba Gojowoch, Enkilfina Edme, Yesat Dar Hasaboch and his various newspaper and magazine articles, his recent audio CDs of witty and humorous narration could achieve him a wider public acceptance and applause. Simply speaking Bewketu Seyoum has become a household name in the current Ethiopian literary scene.