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by Okot p'Bitek
Poet, philosopher and artist, these poems from the distinguished Ugandan writer won the 1972 Kenyatta Prize for Literature. Song of Prisoner confronts the tragedy of Africa's decade of freedom. He traverses the whole spectrum of her political sickness and contrasts it with the enduring reality of the bush - roots of family and clan, and the optimism of Africa's children in ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by East African Educational Publishers
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Part 1: Song of Prisoner. This is a book from before I was born. From 1971. The song echoes of that bygone time when African nations had just gained their self-rule and the betrayal started. It's the story of many African countries. It's the ode to the travails of independence gone wrong; the liturgy of a prisoner, a man whose wants and dreams will never transpire. It reminds me of reading Mohammed Forna's story as told through Aminatta Forna's book, The Devil that Danced on the Water. This is w ...more
Okot p'Bitek (7 June 1931 – 20 July 1982) was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for Song of Lawino, a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up urban life and wishes everything to be westernised.More about Okot p'Bitek...