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  • A Grain of Wheat
    A Grain of Wheat (Paperback) Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    A novel that portrays several characters in a village whose intertwined lives are transformed by the 1952-1960 Emergency in Kenya. It features a reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret.

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  • Globalectics
    Globalectics (English, Paperback) Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    In this volume, Ngugi wa Thiong'o summarizes and develops a cross-section of the issues he has grappled with in his work, which uses a combination of imagery, language, folklore, and character to "decolonize the mind." He also confronts the politics of language in African writing; the problem of linguistic imperialism and literature's ability to resist it; the difficult balance between orality, or "orature," and writing, or "literature"; the tension between national and world literature; and the role of the literary curriculum in both reaffirming and undermining the dominance of the Western canon. Throughout, he engages a range of philosophers and theorists writing on power and postcolonial creativity, including Hegel, Marx, Lévi-Strauss, and Aimé Césaire. Yet his explorations remain grounded in his own experiences with literature (and orature) and rework the difficult dialectics of theory into richly evocative prose.

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  • In the House of the Interpreter
    In the House of the Interpreter (English, Paperback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    While Ngugi enjoys scouting trips, chess tournaments and reading about Biggles at the prestigious Alliance School near Nairobi, things are changing at home. He arrives back for his first visit since starting school to find his house razed to the ground and the entire village moved up the road closer to a guard checkpoint.

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  • Decolonising the Mind
    Decolonising the Mind (English, Paperback) Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    Ngugi wrote his first novels and plays in English but was determined, even before his detention without trial in 1978, to move to writing in Gikuyu.

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  • Petals of Blood
    Petals of Blood (English, Paperback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    The puzzling murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery sets the scene for this novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya. Petals of Blood is - on the surface - a suspenseful investigation of this spectacular triple murder. But as the intertwined stories of the four suspects unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel...

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  • Dreams in a Time of War
    Dreams in a Time of War (English, Paperback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    Through the story of his grandparents and parents, and his brothers' involvement in the violent Mau Mau uprising, Ngugi deftly etches a tumultuous era, capturing the landscape, the people and their culture, and the social and political vicissitudes of life under colonialism and war.

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  • Weep Not Child
    Weep Not Child (English, Paperback) Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    Tells the moving story about the effects of the Mau Mau war on the lives of ordinary men and women in Kenya. In the forests, the Mau Mau are waging war against the white government, and two brothers, Kamau and Njoroge, and the rest of the family must decide where their loyalties lie.

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  • A Grain of Wheat
    A Grain of Wheat (English, Paperback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    The best-known novel by the great Kenyan writer...

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  • Wizard of the Crow
    Wizard of the Crow (English, Paperback) Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    Set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburiria, Wizard of the Crow dramatises with searing humour and piercing observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, Ngugi wa Thiog'o reveals humanity in all its surprising intricacy.

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  • Secure the Base
    Secure the Base (English, Hardback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o


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  • Dreams in a Time of War
    Dreams in a Time of War (English, Paperback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    The Man Booker International Prize-nominated author of Wizard of the Crow recounts the story of his childhood, covering his early years in World War II-era Kenya as the fifth child of a third wife, the atypical thirst for learning that singled him out and the political struggles that shaped his home life.

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  • Black Linguistics
    Black Linguistics (English, Paperback) Sinfree Makoni, Geneva Smitherman

    Written by black scholars on behalf of, and in collaboration with local communities, this text looks at the commonalities and differences among black speech communities in Africa and the black diaspora.

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  • To Stir The Heart
    To Stir The Heart (English, Paperback) Bessie Head, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    Love and hope are the powerful provocateurs in four stories by two great African writers.

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  • Mtawa Mweusi
    Mtawa Mweusi (Multiple languages, Paperback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    Should Remi, the first of his tribe to go to university, return to his people from the city? Should he return to Thoni, his brother's widow, whom he has had to marry under tribal custom? Or should he continue to be a 'black hermit' in the town, visiting the night clubs with his friend, Jane? Should he be supporting the Africanist Party when people feel that the colonial oppression has just been...

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  • Birth of a Dream Weaver
    Birth of a Dream Weaver (English, Hardback) Ngugi wa Thiong'o

    Birth of a Dream Weaver charts the very beginnings of a writer's creative output. In this wonderful memoir, Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent in Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda?threshold years where he found his voice as a playwright, journalist, and novelist, just as Uganda, Kenya, Congo, and other countries were in the final throes of their independence...

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  • Dedan Kimathi on Trial
    Dedan Kimathi on Trial (English, Paperback) Julie MacArthur

    Perhaps no figure embodied the ambiguities, colonial fears, and collective imaginations of Kenya's decolonization era more than Dedan Kimathi, the self-proclaimed field marshal of the rebel forces that took to the forests to fight colonial rule in the 1950s.

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  • Something Torn and New
    Something Torn and New (English, Paperback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    "One of Africa's greatest writers" (San Francisco Chronicle) makes an impassioned plea for the resurrection of African language--and African culture itself

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  • Wizard of the Crow
    Wizard of the Crow (English, Paperback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    The individual stories of characters both powerful and ordinary create a kaleidoscopic portrait of postcolonial Africa in the twentieth century, in a novel set in the Free Republic of Aburäiria.

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  • Down Second Avenue
    Down Second Avenue (English, Paperback) Es'kia Mphahlele

    Es'kia Mphahlele's seminal memoir of life in apartheid South Africa?available for the first time in Penguin Classics...

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  • Shetani Msalabani
    Shetani Msalabani (Swahili, Paperback) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

    Devil on the Cross, first published in Gikuyu as Caitaani Mutharabaini (1980) and here in Swahili as Shetani Msalabani, is a portrayal of corruption and how it has entrenched itself into the society. The celebration of corruption in all its forms, forces Wariinga, whom despair has driven out of Nairobi back to her home town of llmorog, to acknowledge that her life has been nothing more than...

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