Madmen and Specialists

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971 - Drama - 118 pages
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In this dramatization of the power of propaganda and political repression, Soyinka looks at life in Nigeria since the Civil War, a police state in which only madmen and spies can survive

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Review: Madmen and Specialists: A Play

User Review  - Karen Michele - Goodreads

I was interested in trying something by an author other than Chinua Achebe on post-colonial Africa, so I got a hold of Madmen and Specialists by Wole Soyinka. It is an "absurdist" work and not a ... Read full review

Review: Madmen and Specialists: A Play

User Review  - Nana Fredua-Agyeman - Goodreads

Wole Soyinka's play Madmen and Specialists have made me think twice about this genre. This is the first book I can boldly say 'it went over my head. I never got it.' Perhaps it was the mentality I ... Read full review

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About the author (1971)

Wole Soyinka--playwright, novelist, poet and polemical essayist--was born in Nigeria in 1934. Educated there and at Leeds University, he worked in the British theatre before returning to West Africa in 1960. In 1986 he became the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is currently Woodruff Professor of the Arts, Emory University, Atlanta.

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