BOOK DETAILS

Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: James Currey Ltd / Heinemann (June 26, 1986)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0852555016
ISBN-13: 978-0852555019
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches

 

 

DECOLONISING THE MIND: THE POLITICS OF LANGUAGE IN AFRICAN LITERATURE

Ngugi describes this book as “a summary of some of the issues in which I have been passionately involved for the last twenty years of my practice in fiction, theatre, criticism and in the teaching of literature.

“In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Europe stole art treasures from Africa to decorate their houses and museums; in the twentieth century Europe is stealing the treasures of the mind to enrich their languages and cultures….”

REVIEWS

“The single most coherent and forceful intervention to date in a debate which has been going on for a quarter of a century.”
—The International Journal of African Historical Studies

Many of the ideas are familiar from Ngugi’s earlier critical books, and earlier lectures, elsewhere. But the material here has a new context and the ideas a new focus. This leading African writer presents the arguments for using African language and forms after successfully using an African language himself.
—The Guardian

After 25 years of independence, there is beginning to emerge a generation of writers for whom colonialism is a matter of history and not of direct personal experience. In retrospect that literature characterised by Ngugi as Afro-European – the literature written by Africans in European languages – will come to be seen as part and parcel of the uneasy period between colonialism and full independence, a period equally reflected in the continent’s political instability as it attempts to find its feet. Ngugi’s importance – and that of this book – lies in the courage with which he has confronted this most urgent of issues.
—The New Statesman

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