Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa'Thiong'o
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In exile now for more than twenty years, Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet and critic Ngugi wa Thiong’o has become one of the most widely read African writers. Commencing in “our times” and set in the fictional “Free Republic of Aburiria,” Wizard of the Crow dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of 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, this magnificent novel reveals humanity in all its endlessly surprising complexity.

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About Ngugi wa'Thiong'o

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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has taught at Nairobi University, Northwestern University, Amherst College, Yale University, and New York University. He is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His many books include Wizard of the Crow, Dreams in a Time of War, Devil on the Cross, Decolonising the Mind, and Petals of Blood, for which he was imprisoned by the Kenyan government in 1977.
Published December 10, 2008 by Anchor. 786 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o offers a satirical look at the brutal absurdities of life under an African tyrant.

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Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, translated by the author 768pp, Harvill Secker, £18.99 Ngugi wa Thiong'o's first novel in his mother tongue, Gikuyu, was written in a Kenyan jail on lavatory paper while he was a prisoner of conscience in 1978.

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As John Updike states in his review in The New Yorker: “When the Wizard, with his moral scruples and self-doubts, is not onstage, the novel becomes puppetry, a Punch-and-Judy show whose grotesque politicos keep whacking one another.”Wizard of the Crow at its core is an African novel, written ...

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