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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
This is what he gave us, over several glasses of lassi for him and tea for me. These youthful impressions completely reshaped his sensibility. Eventually he was drafted into the Free French Army and served in the Second World War, after which he returned to Dakar and became a part of the long railroad strike. Published in , Xala is a riveting account of a famous if slightly shady businessman being struck by impotence on the night of his third wedding, and his obsessive quest to get an antidote to that. Alex la Guma was a writer from South Africa.
2) Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Petals of Blood (1977)
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His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children's literature. Adopted as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience , the artist was released from prison, and fled Kenya. His family was caught up in the Mau Mau Uprising ; his half-brother Mwangi was actively involved in the Kenya Land and Freedom Army , and his mother was tortured at Kamiriithu home guard post. His debut novel, Weep Not, Child , was published in May , becoming the first novel in English to be published by a writer from East Africa. And suddenly I knew that a novel could be made to speak to me, could, with a compelling urgency, touch cords deep down in me. In , Thiong'o also began teaching at The University of Nairobi as a professor of English literature. He continued to teach at the university for ten years while serving as a Fellow in Creative Writing at Makerere.
There is a surfeit of book prizes. Big ones, small ones, ones that award experimental fiction, others that concentrate on female authors, or young authors, or authors from Ireland or Latin America. African literature is blossoming, and its prize culture is flourishing alongside. The Caine Prize is well-established, and the last few years have seen the establishment of the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for work in African languages announced on November 18 , the Etisalat Prize for first time authors, and the South African Literary Awards. His fans reasoned that the recent death of Chinua Achebe might focus the minds of the Swedish Academy on their pioneering and accomplished, but now ageing, generation of African writers. But it was not to be. Things Fall Apart comprehensively imagines how the Nigerian Igbo community functioned prior to colonialism.