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Collected Plays: Volume 1: A Dance of the Forests; The Swamp Dwellers; The Strong Breed; The Road; The Bacchae of Euripides: 001 (Includes a Dance of ... Breed/the Road/the Bacchae of Euripides)

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Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, this Nigerian poet, playwright, and novelist writes of the rich cultural traditions as well as the hopes and frustrations of black Africa. This two-volume collection of his plays includes A Dance of the Forests, The Swamp Dwellers, The StrongBreed, The Road, and The Bacchae of Euripides in the first volume, and The Lion and th ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 8th 1973 by Oxford Paperbacks (first published October 22nd 1973)
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Keith
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Road **** -- A winding, rambling work complete with holes and turns and twists and hills and drops. I can’t say I made sense of nearly all (or half) of this richly imaginative, beautiful play.

It revolves around a truck driver, Kotonu, who wants to stop driving after escaping an accident, and Samson, his partner, who wants him to resume. The road and its many dangers is a metaphor for life, for late-1960s Nigeria, for truck drivers, etc.

The Professor, the keeper of an establishment for truc
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Rachel
Sep 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those interested in West African literature
Shelves: africa, poetry
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James F
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wole Soyinka, a Nigerian, was the 1986 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature; he was the first African, and so far the only Black African, to win the prize. Although he has written poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he is best known as a playwright.

A Dance of the Forests [1960] 77 pages

This was written for and first performed at the Celebration of Nigerian Independence, thus for a Nigerian rather than as with the earlier plays a British audience. While those were fairly straightforward, this on
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Marilyn Thipthorpe
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly confusing piece of work upon a initial reading. IIt is only when one delves into the play itself and does an in dept of the political and economical state of Nigeria at the time and Soyinka's position in it all does one begin to comprehend the genius the Wole Soyinka is, a prophetic writer if there ever was one!
Peter Sheehy
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, drama
the writing is absolutely gorgeous, the rage sincere, and the themes poignant. Like reading 'the wretched of the earth' in some lyrical, dramatic incarnation
Sadegh Maleki
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
An immediate offspring of post-structuralism, Post-Humanism deconstructs the basic premises of humanism without totally abandoning humanism. The goal of Post-Humanism is to demonstrate the major flaw of humanism: exceptionalism. Humanism stresses on the superiority and uniqueness of human being and cuts off man from the rest of the natural world. Such a mistake brings about a single notion of human identity that is a source of injustice, cruelty, oppression, irrational rituals and etc.
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The standout here, for me, is "The Road." I found Soyinka's adaptation of Euripides, on the other hand, hard to follow. Some short plays round out the collection. How lovely it would be to see some of these challenging plays performed...
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Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I only read the Swamp Dwellers.
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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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