Nuggets of the African Novel: With Notes on the Liberian Literary Heritage

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AuthorHouse, Sep 8, 2005 - Reference - 392 pages
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In Nuggets of  the African Novel [With Notes on the Liberian Literary Heritage], Nagbe  charts a critical course which seeks to consolidate a unit approach to African literature, reinforcing one continental mind and soul. He has summarized nearly thirty African novels in Nuggets. The summaries are rich. The comments are insightful.  They contain very many topics that will possibly evoke or sustain interest in the novels themselves and interest in seeing literature as an irresistible shadow of history. Even so, on the pages the reader will understand that because all literature tells the human story, all literature speaks a universal language. The notes on the Liberian component of African literature are revealing. Only a few of Nagbe’s compatriots can boast of the insight which he brings to the subject of the ironies and forces that have impacted the progress of imaginative writing in Liberia, a modern nation state established by repatriated African Americans.
Even so, the three phases of national struggle which Nagbe constantly refers to in the ‘Notes’ as ‘intra-national’ struggle is poignant. Here lies an important testimony of the biting pain which the politics of long suffering can inflict on a nation. It is an implicit testimony of the attributes of the mental ailment which, with insidious and protracted attack, decimates a person or a group of people. In a larger sense, the Liberian story is the story of Africa and her scars from cultural misinformation and confusion, and what needs to be done in the new millennium.

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K-MOSES NAGBE is an African writer from Liberia. A product of interdisciplinary education, Nagbe studied in Liberia and America—at the Sasstown Government School, the Sinoe High School, the Modern Commercial Institute, the University of Liberia, the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, and the Glassboro [Rowan] State University. He has taught for over two decades, both at the secondary and tertiary levels, principal among which have been the Samford Dennis High School, the Monrovia College & Industrial Arts School, the College of West Africa, the Don Bosco Polytechnic, and the University of Liberia. Besides serving in either executive or simple member capacity on numerous social, political, professional, and religious committees, Nagbe has served as past presidents of the University of Liberia Faculty Association [ULFA] and the Liberia Association of Writers [LAW], the latter of which made him a signatory to the Charter of the Pan African Writers Association [PAWA]. He has been an International Visiting Fellow of the United States Informaton Agency [USIA].  He has been featured on BBC [the British Broadcasting Corporation]. Among his works are Thinking Through the Times[1991], a collection of essays and poems; Clipping the Claws: An Informal Text on Poetry [1992]; The Road to Romeo [1992], a short novel, and Bulk Challenge: The Sorrow, The Shame, The Shock, The Smile [1996], a travelogue based on one of those numerous times Liberians took flight during the heat of the Liberian Civil War. Additionally, he has done three long works of prose fiction—Sun at Midnight [2003], Wings for the Next Day [2004], A Scream in the Storm [2004].

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