BOOK DETAILS

Paperback: 158 pages
Publisher: James Currey (September 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1847010849
ISBN-13: 978-1847010841
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches

IN THE NAME OF THE MOTHER: REFLECTIONS ON WRITERS AND EMPIRE

Renowned worldwide, as novelist and dramatist, Ngũgĩ wa Thiongo’s contributions to the body of critical writing on African literature, politics and society have been highly significant. His best known critical work is Decolonising the Mind, which since publication in 1986 has profoundly influenced other writers, critics, scholars and students. These latest essays reflect Ngugi’s continuing interests and enthusiasms. His choice of writers is original. He makes us look again at their novels to address his lifelong concerns with the ways to independence, the meanings of colonialism and the takeover by neo-colonialism, and the functions of literature in political as well as literary terms. They will appeal not only to his international band of supporters. They will also introduce his views to young people discovering African and Caribbean literature.

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This is vintage Ngugi, plain-spoken, intensely committed, and passionate about the values of freedom and struggle in which he still profoundly believes.
—Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford

This collection is various and wide-ranging. Above all it is demonstrably the product of a mind which has remained determinedly open and receptive to the ideas and fortunes of contemporaries, throughout the turbulent years of his own misfortunes and triumphs.
—Keith Sambrook

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