Barack obama, via facebook: “A compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships. The nobel prize–nominated kenyan writer’s best-known novelset in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency.
A Grain of Wheat Penguin African Writers Series Book 2 #ad - Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret.
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DustVintage #ad - His grief-stricken sister, ajany, and their father bring his body back to their crumbling home in the Kenyan drylands, just returned from Brazil, seeking some comfort and peace. From a breathtaking new voice, a novel about a splintered family in Kenya—a story of power and deceit, unrequited love, survival and sacrifice.
Odidi oganda, running for his life, is gunned down in the streets of Nairobi. Here is a spellbinding novel about a brother and sister who have lost their way; about how myths come to pass, history is written, and war stains us forever. But the murder has stirred memories long left untouched and unleashed a series of unexpected events: Odidi and Ajany’s mercurial mother flees in a fit of rage; a young Englishman arrives at the Ogandas’ house, seeking his missing father; a hardened policeman who has borne witness to unspeakable acts reopens a cold case; and an all-seeing Trader with a murky identity plots an overdue revenge.
Dust #ad - In scenes stretching from the violent upheaval of contemporary kenya back through a shocking political assassination in 1969 and the Mau Mau uprisings against British colonial rule in the 1950s, we come to learn the secrets held by this parched landscape, buried deep within the shared past of the family and of a conflicted nation.
Devil on the Cross Penguin African Writers Series Book 5Penguin Classics #ad - The great kenyan writer and nobel prize nominee’s novel that he wrote in secret, on toilet paper, while in prison—featuring an introduction by Namwali Serpell, the author of the novel The Old DriftOne of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s fame, Devil on the Cross is a powerful fictional critique of capitalism.
Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. As she struggles to survive, wariinga begins to realize that her problems are only symptoms of a larger societal malaise and that much of the misfortune stems from the Western, capitalist influences on her country.
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Devil on the Cross Penguin African Writers Series Book 5 #ad - An impassioned cry for a kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects, Devil on the Cross has had a profound influence on Africa and on post-colonial African literature. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
Unbowed: A MemoirAnchor #ad - When maathai founded the green belt movement in 1977, focused on the empowerment of women, she began a vital poor people’s environmental movement, that soon spread across Africa. Persevering through run-ins with the kenyan government and personal losses, and jailed and beaten on numerous occasions, Maathai continued to fight tirelessly to save Kenya’s forests and to restore democracy to her beloved country.
In unbowed, nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai recounts her extraordinary journey from her childhood in rural Kenya to the world stage. Infused with her unique luminosity of spirit, Wangari Maathai’s remarkable story of courage, faith, and the power of persistence is destined to inspire generations to come.
One Day I Will Write About This Place: A MemoirGraywolf Press #ad - Finally he circles back to a Kenya in the throes of postelection violence and finds he is not the only one questioning the old certainties. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, tribe, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, and nationhood.
Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. A new york times notable book**a new york times book review editors' Choice**A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year*Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. In this vivid and compelling debut memoir, a moving family reunion in Uganda, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his failed attempt to study in South Africa as a computer programmer, his mother's religious period, and his travels around Kenya.
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Resolutely avoiding stereotype and cliché, Wainaina paints every scene in One Day I Will Write About This Place with a highly distinctive and hugely memorable brush. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own.
Petals of Blood Penguin African Writers Series Book 1Penguin Classics #ad - A deceptively simple tale, Petals of Blood is on the surface a suspenseful investigation of a spectacular triple murder in upcountry Kenya. The definitive african book of the twentieth century” moses Isegawa, from the Introduction by the Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writerThe puzzling murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery sets the scene for this fervent, hard-hitting novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya.
His incarceration was so shocking that newspapers around the world called attention to the case, Toni Morrison, including James Baldwin, Harold Pinter, and writers, Donald Barthelme, and protests were raised by human-rights groups, scholars, and Margaret Drabble. Yet as the intertwined stories of the four suspects unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel their leaders have failed them time after time.
Petals of Blood Penguin African Writers Series Book 1 #ad - First published in 1977, this novel was so explosive that its author was imprisoned without charges by the Kenyan government.
Weep Not, Child Penguin African Writers Series Book 3Penguin Classics #ad - The nobel prize–nominated kenyan writer’s powerful first novelTwo brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, stand on a garbage heap and look into their futures: Njoroge is to attend school, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.
Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. But this is kenya, the mau mau is waging war against the white government, and the times are against them: In the forests, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie.
Weep Not, Child Penguin African Writers Series Book 3 #ad - For the practical kamau, the choice is simple, but for Njoroge the scholar, the dream of progress through learning is a hard one to give up. The first east african novel published in english, Weep Not, Child is a moving book about the effects of the infamous Mau Mau uprising on the lives of ordinary men and women, and on one family in particular.
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The River Between Penguin African Writers Series Book 4Penguin Classics #ad - The river between explores life in the mountains of Kenya during the early days of white settlement. Faced with a choice between an alluring new religion and their own ancestral customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.
A 50th-anniversary edition of one of the most powerful novels by the great Kenyan author and Nobel Prize nominee A legendary work of African literature, this moving and eye-opening novel lucidly captures the drama of a people and culture whose world has been overturned. With more than 1, 700 titles, penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.
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It's Our Turn to Eat: The Story of a Kenyan Whistle-BlowerHarperCollins e-books #ad - On a deeper and much richer level, the book is an analysis of how and why Kenya descended into political violence. Washington post called "urgent and important” by harper's magazine, pervasive graft, It’s Our Turn to Eat is a nonfiction political thriller of modern Kenya—an eye-opening account of tribal rivalries, and the rising anger of a prospect-less youth that exemplifies an African dilemma.
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HouseboyWaveland Press, Inc. #ad - Toundi ondoua, the rural african protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon. Houseboy, written in the form of toundi’s captivating diary and translated from the original French, discloses his awe of the white world and a web of unpredictable experiences.
Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture. Toundi then becomes “the chief European’s ‘boy’—the dog of the King. Toundi’s attempt to fulfill a dream of advancement and improvement opens his eyes to troubling realities.
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Xuela develops a passion for the stevedore Roland, who steals bolts of Irish linen for her from the ships he unloads, but she eventually marries an English doctor, Philip Bailey. Xuela claudette richardson, daughter of a Carib mother and a half-Scottish, half-African father, loses her mother to death the moment she is born and must find her way on her own.
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