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Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known

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First collection of poems for ten years by the Nobel Prize-winning poet and dramatist. Many of these poems were written whilst Soyinka was in enforced travel after a price was placed on his head by Sani Abacha, the Nigerian dictator, and thus address themes of journey and exile. "One of the liveliest, most exciting writers in the world today."-"The New York Times"
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Methuen Publishing
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Wale
May 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An exquisite poetic experience covering a range of emotions and ideas from the humorous to the melancholic.
This would be my first collection of poems written by Soyinka; and if these are anything to go by, then I can't wait to lay my hands on the others.
Abby
Apr 23, 2015 added it
There are very, very few good ways to write angry book, and Soyinka found one. We should all be grateful to those few precious souls who can show us how to be pissed off gracefully and with purpose. Favorite bit has to be the title poem, which is (among other things) a beautiful testament to buying and selling as the oldest and most peaceful interaction between strangers.


Great book no. 2 discovered solely because it had "Samarkand" in the title. I should get these wild hairs more often.
Matt
Aug 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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This is without a doubt the finest poetry collection I've read all year, and one of the finest that I've ever read. Soyinka has a masterful command of language, and uses it to express powerful universal ideas, and to very effectively portray Nigeria, the suffering of exile, and his role in it all. The book opens with the poem 'Ah, Demosthenes' which is filled with a powerful wrath, and his desire to communicate painful truths with the world, awaken us from complacency, let us experience its horr ...more
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Awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature for his work that "in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence."
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