knows’, writes Paulhan, ‘that there are two literatures in
our time, the bad, which is really unreadable (it is widely
read) and the good, which is not read.
A WRITER as widely read as Sartre invariably suffers from a contempt bred by familiarity. Long after his death in April 1980, the reactions elicited by mention of his name range from adulation to dismissal, with many of the latter in the vein of what Sartre once described as the superiority of live dogs to dead lions.
The interiority of the Ibeji lends itself endlessly to mystery. Tayo says his interest is in exploring the psychology of duality: the way people address them as a single unit, how they are made to define themselves through their similarities.