The ordeal of the African writer

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Zed Books, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 168 pages
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This book demonstrates how only a small number of African writers--like Chinua Achebe, Ben Okri, Nuruddin Farah, and Wole Soyinka--have become known outside of their own continent. It also details the enormous obstacles they face within Africa to get their work published, let alone to support themselves financially from their writing. Charles R. Larson combines writers' own testimony, pen portraits of their lives, and factual investigation to explore the full dimensions of this problem.

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An eloquent exploration of what it means to be an African author (by a non-African). This was yet another book that made me loathe the prefix "post" for colonialism; this mandates the "neo" prefix ... Read full review


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Charles R. Larson is Professor of Literature at The American University.