. An impassioned cry for a kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects, Devil on the Cross has had a profound influence on Africa and on post-colonial African literature. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
Devil on the Cross Penguin African Writers Series Book 5 #ad - As she struggles to survive, wariinga begins to realize that her problems are only symptoms of a larger societal malaise and that much of the misfortune stems from the Western, capitalist influences on her country. The great kenyan writer and nobel prize nominee’s novel that he wrote in secret, on toilet paper, while in prison—featuring an introduction by Namwali Serpell, the author of the novel The Old DriftOne of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s fame, Devil on the Cross is a powerful fictional critique of capitalism.
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Petals of Blood Penguin African Writers Series Book 1Penguin Classics #ad - First published in 1977, this novel was so explosive that its author was imprisoned without charges by the Kenyan government. Yet as the intertwined stories of the four suspects unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel their leaders have failed them time after time.
Petals of Blood Penguin African Writers Series Book 1 #ad - His incarceration was so shocking that newspapers around the world called attention to the case, including James Baldwin, Harold Pinter, and writers, Donald Barthelme, scholars, Toni Morrison, and protests were raised by human-rights groups, and Margaret Drabble. The definitive african book of the twentieth century” moses Isegawa, from the Introduction by the Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writerThe puzzling murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery sets the scene for this fervent, hard-hitting novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya.
. A deceptively simple tale, Petals of Blood is on the surface a suspenseful investigation of a spectacular triple murder in upcountry Kenya.
A Grain of Wheat Penguin African Writers Series Book 2Penguin Classics #ad - Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret.
With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, friendships are betrayed, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, and loves are tested.
A Grain of Wheat Penguin African Writers Series Book 2 #ad - For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Barack obama, via facebook: “A compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships. The nobel prize–nominated kenyan writer’s best-known novelset in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency.
The River Between Penguin African Writers Series Book 4Penguin Classics #ad - A 50th-anniversary edition of one of the most powerful novels by the great Kenyan author and Nobel Prize nominee A legendary work of African literature, this moving and eye-opening novel lucidly captures the drama of a people and culture whose world has been overturned. Faced with a choice between an alluring new religion and their own ancestral customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it.
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The River Between Penguin African Writers Series Book 4 #ad - The river between explores life in the mountains of Kenya during the early days of white settlement.
Weep Not, Child Penguin African Writers Series Book 3Penguin Classics #ad - With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. The nobel prize–nominated kenyan writer’s powerful first novelTwo brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, stand on a garbage heap and look into their futures: Njoroge is to attend school, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter.
Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. For the practical kamau, the choice is simple, but for Njoroge the scholar, the dream of progress through learning is a hard one to give up.
Weep Not, Child Penguin African Writers Series Book 3 #ad - The first east african novel published in english, child is a moving book about the effects of the infamous Mau Mau uprising on the lives of ordinary men and women, Weep Not, and on one family in particular. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
. But this is kenya, and the times are against them: In the forests, the Mau Mau is waging war against the white government, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie.
Wizard of the CrowAnchor #ad - Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, in this magnificent work of magical realism, Ngugi wa'Thiong'o—one of the most widely read African writers—reveals humanity in all its endlessly surprising complexity. Set in the fictional free republic of aburiria, wizard of the Crow dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for the souls of the Aburirian people, between a megalomaniac dictator and an unemployed young man who embraces the mantle of a magician.
Wizard of the Crow #ad - A landmark of postcolonial african literature, playwright, poet, Wizard of the Crow is an ambitious, magisterial, comic novel from the acclaimed Kenyan novelist, and critic.
Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison MemoirThe New Press #ad - Ultimately, wrestling with the devil is a testimony to the power of imagination to help humans break free of confinement, which is truly the story of all art. There, he lives in a prison block with eighteen other political prisoners, quarantined from the general prison population. Written in the early 1980s and never before published in America, Wrestling with the Devil is Ngũgĩ’s account of the drama and the challenges of writing the novel under twenty-four-hour surveillance.
In a conscious effort to fight back the humiliation and the intended degradation of the spirit, Ngũgĩ—the world-renowned author of Weep Not, Child; Petals of Blood; and Wizard of the Crow—decides to write a novel on toilet paper, the only paper to which he has access, a book that will become his classic, Devil on the Cross.
He captures not only the excruciating pain that comes from being cut off from his wife and children, but also the spirit of defiance that defines hope. A new york times editors’ choice"A welcome addition to the vast literature produced by jailed writers across the centuries. A thrilling testament to the human spirit.
Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir #ad - Ariel dorfman, the new york times book review"wrestling with the Devil is a powerful testament to the courage of Ngũgĩ and his fellow prisoners and validation of the hope that an independent Kenya would eventually emerge. Minneapolis star tribune"the ngũgĩ of wrestling with the Devil called not just for adding a bit of color to the canon’s sagging shelf, but for abolition and upheaval.
HouseboyWaveland Press, Inc. #ad - Gradually, his place in society, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, and the changing culture. Toundi then becomes “the chief European’s ‘boy’—the dog of the King. Toundi’s attempt to fulfill a dream of advancement and improvement opens his eyes to troubling realities.
. Houseboy, written in the form of toundi’s captivating diary and translated from the original French, discloses his awe of the white world and a web of unpredictable experiences. Early on, he escapes his father’s angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death.
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Say You're One of Them Oprah's Book ClubLittle, Brown and Company #ad - They are asked to do the previously unimaginable in order to protect their children. Uwem akpan's stunning stories humanize the perils of poverty and violence so piercingly that few readers will feel they've ever encountered Africa so immediately. Bonus material included in eBook: an interview with the New Yorker, photos, questions and topics for discussion and song download.
The eight-year-old narrator of "An Ex-Mas Feast" needs only enough money to buy books and pay fees in order to attend school. Food comes first. Akpan's voice is a literary miracle, rendering lives of almost unimaginable deprivation and terror into stories that are nothing short of transcendent. His family lives in a street shanty in Nairobi, Kenya, but their way of both loving and taking advantage of each other strikes a universal chord.
Say You're One of Them Oprah's Book Club #ad - Even when his twelve-year-old sister takes to the streets to raise these meager funds, his dream can't be granted. The story is told by a young girl, who, with her little brother, witnesses the worst possible scenario between parents. This singular collection will also take the reader inside Nigeria, Benin, and Ethiopia, revealing in beautiful prose the harsh consequences for children of life in Africa.
In the second of his stories published in a New Yorker special fiction issue, Akpan takes us far beyond what we thought we knew about the tribal conflict in Rwanda.
Blood Knot and Other PlaysTheatre Communications Group #ad - These three port elizabeth plays, which established South African playwright Athol Fugard's international reputation more than twenty years ago, examine with passion and grace close family relationships strained almost unendurably by the harshest of economic and political conditions. A rare playwright, who could be a primary candidate for either the Nobel Prize in Literature or the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mel gussow, The New Yorker.