The Last Of The Sweet Bananas: New And Selected Poems

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Bloodaxe Books, 2004 - Poetry - 224 pages
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Because he was a radical poet-his first book of poems was banned-JACK MAPANJE was imprisoned without trial or charge by the dictator Hastings Banda of Malawi for nearly four years. The themes of his poetry range from the search for a sense of dignity and integrity under a repressive regime, incarceration, release from prison, exile and return to Africa, and reconciliation with torturers, to the writer in Africa and the continuing African liberation struggle in a hostile world. His poems are lifted up by a generosity of spirit and irrepressible humor that helped sustain him through his prison ordeal.

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I haven’t read a lot of poetry, especially modern poetry. However, some of the stuff I have read ranks alongside my favourite novels in terms of the depth of response they produce in me. ‘The Last of ... Read full review


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Jack Mapanje was born in Malawi in 1944 and has lived in Malawi and Britain. He is a poet and theoretical linguist, his first collection of poems Of Chameleons and Gods was published by Heinemann in 1981. On its second reprint, Of Chameleons and Gods was banned in Malawi and Mapanje was subsequently detailed in Mikuyu Maximum Detention Centre near Zomba for three years, seven months and sixteen days. No charges were brought against him. He was released in May 1991 following intense pressure from fellow writers and activists. His second title The Chattering Wagtails of Mikuyu Prison (1993) was also published in the AWS. He is a distinguished academic currently based at the University of Leeds. He lives in England with his wife Mercy and three children.

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