La gran novela africana por el firme candidato al premio Nobel que aprenderás a pronunciar: Ngugi wa Thiong'o Exiliado de su Kenia natal desde hace más de veinticinco años, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, uno de los escritores africanos más importantes de la actualidad, sitúa esta historia en la imaginaria República Libre de Aburiria. El soberano, dictador inamovible, semidiós y genial estadista, ejerce su poder a capricho sobre todo un país y se regocija en la contemplación de las encarnizadas luchas entre súbditos y ministros para gozar de su favor. El pueblo, sometido a la injusticia y el terror, deberá recurrir a la subversión para tratar de derrocar desde abajo el régimen del tirano. Cualquier arma es útil. Incluso la magia. Corrosiva, humorística y terrible, esta tragicomedia se vale de la rica tradición cuentística africana para analizar con agudeza la dramática realidad poscolonial del continente. El brujo del cuervo moldea las historias de los poderosos y de la gente corriente en un mosaico deslumbrante y confirma el alcance de la sorprendente obra de Ngugi wa Thiong'o. La crítica ha dicho...«Una cáustica sátira social y política de la corrupción de la sociedad africana con un toque de realismo mágico, o, tal vez, de magia realista.»Publishers Weekly «Una magistral narración de realismo mágico sobre la historia del África del siglo XX. Indiscutiblemente: una obra maestra.»Scotland on Sunday «Ambicioso, cáustico y apasionado.»New Yorker «La fuerza de El brujo del cuervo se manifiesta en el asombroso laberinto con que comienza cada capítulo, en la ambiciosa combinación de sátira, realismo social e imaginación sobrenatural.»Harper's Magazine «Una traviesa y alucinante sátira sobre un dictador.»Sunday Times «A lo largo de su intensa trayectoria, Ngugi ha formado parte de las paradigmáticas cuestiones y dilemas del escritor africano contemporáneo, tocando la situación política, social, racial y lingüística... El relato es fantástico.»John Updike, The New Yorker
Un compendio de los temas centrales de la obra del autor: la confrontación entre el neocolonialismo y la clase trabajadora, y su reflejo en la cultura africana. Descolonizar la mente es una referencia ineludible en el debate lingüístico que tiene lugar en el marco de los estudios poscoloniales. Reúne cuatro conferencias que el autor realizó entre 1981 y 1985, cuyo hilo conductor no es solo una reflexión sobre el papel de la lengua en la construcción de la identidad nacional, cultural, social e histórica, y su función en la descolonización, sino también sobre los acontecimientos vitales que han contribuido a elaborar el pensamiento del autor. En última instancia, Ngugi wa Thiong'o -escritor, pensador, humanista y exiliado- concibe este libro como una declaración de intenciones: en la medida en que la lengua materna es un aspecto crucial de la propia identidad, cree necesario despedirse del inglés y utilizar el kikuyu como su principal lengua de creación literaria. La presente edición contiene un prólogo de Marta Sofía López Rodríguez, reputada especialista en literatura africana y estudios postcoloniales. La crítica ha dicho...«Un clásico controvertido.»Gayatri Spivak «Ngugi es el escritor africano más célebre. Ofrece ni más ni menos que un nuevo camino para la literatura africana.»British Book News «En la cima de sus logros como artista de gran imaginación, la decisión del autor keniano de escribir en kikuyu es realmente valiente.»The Guardian
Es'kia Mphahlele's seminal memoir of life in apartheid South Africa--available for the first time in Penguin Classics Nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1969, Es'kia Mphahlele is considered the Dean of African Letters and the father of black South African writing. Down Second Avenue is a landmark book that describes Mphahlele's experience growing up in segregated South Africa. Vivid, graceful, and unapologetic, it details a daily life of severe poverty and brutal police surveillance under the subjugation of an apartheid regime. Banned in South Africa after its original 1959 publication for its protest against apartheid, Down Second Avenue is a foundational work of literature that continues to inspire activists today.
A masterful writer working in many genres, Ngugi wa Thiong'o entered the East African literary scene in 1962 with the performance of his first major play, The Black Hermit, at the National Theatre in Uganda. In 1977 he was imprisoned after his most controversial work, Ngaahika Ndeenda (I Will Marry When I Want), produced in Nairobi, sharply criticized the injustices of Kenyan society and unequivocally championed the causes of ordinary citizens. Following his release, Ngugi decided to write only in his native Gikuyu, communicating with Kenyans in one of the many languages of their daily lives, and today he is known as one of the most outspoken intellectuals working in postcolonial theory and the global postcolonial movement.In this volume, Ngugi wa Thiong'o summarizes and develops a cross-section of the issues he has grappled with in his work, which deploys a strategy of imagery, language, folklore, and character to "decolonize the mind." Ngugi confronts the politics of language in African writing; the problem of linguistic imperialism and literature's ability to resist it; the difficult balance between orality, or "orature," and writing, or "literature"; the tension between national and world literature; and the role of the literary curriculum in both reaffirming and undermining the dominance of the Western canon. Throughout, he engages a range of philosophers and theorists writing on power and postcolonial creativity, including Hegel, Marx, Lévi-Strauss, and Aimé Césaire. Yet his explorations remain grounded in his own experiences with literature (and orature) and reworks the difficult dialectics of theory into richly evocative prose.
The best-known novel by the great Kenyan writer Set 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. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.
The 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. A deceptively simple tale, Petals of Blood is on the surface a suspenseful investigation of a spectacular triple murder in upcountry Kenya. 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. First published in 1977, this novel was so explosive that its author was imprisoned without charges by the Kenyan government. His incarceration was so shocking that newspapers around the world called attention to the case, and protests were raised by human-rights groups, scholars, and writers, including James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Donald Barthelme, Harold Pinter, and Margaret Drabble. First time in Penguin Classics
The River Between explores life on the Makuyu and Kameno ridges of Kenya in the early days of white settlement. Faced with an alluring new religion and 'magical' customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it.
A 50th-anniversary edition of one of the most powerful novels by the great Kenyan author and Nobel Prize contender 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. 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 sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the 1970s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language to culture. In Something Torn and New, Ngugi explores Africa's historical, economic, and cultural fragmentation by slavery, colonialism, and globalization. Throughout this tragic history, a constant and irrepressible force was Europhonism: the replacement of native names, languages, and identities with European ones. The result was the dismemberment of African memory. Seeking to remember language in order to revitalize it, Ngugi's quest is for wholeness. Wide-ranging, erudite, and hopeful, Something Torn and New is a cri de coeur to save Africa's cultural future.
From origin myths to tales of modern prostitutes in search of dignity--even for only a moment--these powerful stories by two renowned African authors explore the uneasy coexistence between women and men, tradition and modernity. They show strong women demanding their right to marry or not, earn a living, and most importantly, be respected. South African-bornBessie Head (1937-1986) immigrated to Botswana, where she is considered their most important writer. Ngugi wa Thiong'o is a major Kenyan writer now living in the United States. He teaches and directs an international writing center at the University of California, Irvine.
The great Kenyan writer's powerful first novel Two 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. But this is Kenya, and the times are against them: In the forests, the Mau Mau is waging war against the white government, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie. 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. First published in 1964, Weep Not, Child is a moving novel about the effects of the infamous Mau Mau uprising on the lives of ordinary men and women, and on one family in particular. .
A collection of essays by Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
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