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The international outcry over the detention of Ngugi Wa Thiong'o without trial by the Kenyan authorities even reached him in prison. In this book he describes the purposeful degradation and humiliation of prison life.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Mar 16, 2016 Victoria Tankersley rated it it was amazing
The recollection of time as a political detainee in "post"-colonial Kenya. Powerful narrative that reveals how detention can function for purely political ends.
Aug 08, 2011 Mickey rated it did not like it
This is, by far, the worst book I've ever read. It is nothing but a vanity piece for the author, who is clearly puffing himself up to be some sort of African Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He's also an anti-Semite. Kenya was right to help Israel refuel after the Entebbe raid.
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Kenyan teacher, novelist, essayist, and playwright, whose works function as an important link between the pioneers of African writing and the younger generation of postcolonial writers. After imprisonment in 1978, Ngũgĩ abandoned using English as the primary language of his work in favor of Gikuyu, his native tongue. The transition from colonialism to postcoloniality and the crisis of modernity ha ...more
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