Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: an exploration of his writings

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J. Currey, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 283 pages
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This is a comprehensive interpretation of all of Ngugi's works. During the last four decades he has proved to be one of the most exceptional writers whose work is meaningful both to the workers of Kenya and to international intellectuals. This book discusses his philosophy, the various graduations of style he has adopted, his social and political focus, and his ultimate vision and aspirations. Each work of fiction is examined in depth, while his non-fiction is systematically analyzed.

There is a separate chapter on each of Ngugi's novels from "The River Between" and "Weep Not, Child" to "Matigari." There are also studies of his drama and his short stories. A critical biography and a careful scrutiny of his social commentaries in the popular press help trace the early formation of his ideological position.

Extensive use has been made of "Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary" and of his influential lectures and writings in "Decolonising the Mind, Moving the Centre," and "Writers in Politics."

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Contents

Points of Departure
15
The Novels
29
Weep Not Child
49
Copyright

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