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Wole Soyinka

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Wole Soyinka was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State of Nigeria on July 13, 1934. He attended Government College and University College in Ibadan before receiving a degree in English from the University of Leeds in England in 1958. He has held research and teaching appointments at several universities vis mere including the University of Ibadan, the University of Ife, Cornell University, Emory University, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Loyola Marymount. He is a distinguished playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, social critic, political activist, and literary scholar. His plays include The Swamp Dwellers, The Lion and the Jewel, A Dance of the Forests, The Bacchae of Euripides, A Play for Giants, Death and the King's Horsemen, From Zia with Love, The Beatification of Area Boy, and King Baabu. His collections of poetry include Idanre and Other Poems, A Shuttle in the Crypt, and Mandela's Earth and Other Poems. His novels include The Interpreters, which won the 1968 Jock Campbell Literary Award, and Season of Anomy. His autobiographical works include Ake: The Years of Childhood, Isara: A Voyage Around Essay, The Open Sore of a Continent: A Personal Memoir of the Nigerian Crisis, and You Must Set Forth at Dawn. His literary essays collections include Myth, Literature and the African World and Art, Dialogue and Outrage. During the civil war in Nigeria, he appealed for cease-fire in an article. Accused of treason, he was held in solitary confinement for 22 months. Two of his works, The Man Died: Prison Notes of Wole Soyinka and Poems from Prison, were secretly written on toilet paper and smuggled out of prison. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Wole Soyinka

Aké (1981) 713 eksemplarer
Death and the King's Horseman (1975) 517 eksemplarer
Interpreters (1965) 326 eksemplarer
You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir (2006) 175 eksemplarer
The Lion and the Jewel (1962) 154 eksemplarer
Death and the King's Horseman (1975) 152 eksemplarer
Collected Plays 1 (1973) 140 eksemplarer
Season of Anomy (1973) 125 eksemplarer
Ìsarà : A voyage around "essay" (1990) 119 eksemplarer
Collected Plays 2 (1974) 111 eksemplarer
Of Africa (2012) 69 eksemplarer
Madmen and Specialists (1743) 64 eksemplarer
Idanre and Other Poems (1967) 63 eksemplarer
Poems of Black Africa (1975) 62 eksemplarer
A Shuttle in the Crypt (1972) 53 eksemplarer
Kongi's Harvest (1967) 42 eksemplarer
A Dance of the Forests (1963) 41 eksemplarer
Mandela's Earth and Other Poems (1988) 39 eksemplarer
The Road (1965) 33 eksemplarer
Six Plays (1984) 31 eksemplarer
Selected Poems (2002) 18 eksemplarer
Three Short Plays (Three Crowns) (1969) 18 eksemplarer
Omnibus: "Ake", "Season of Anomy" (1994) 17 eksemplarer
A Play of Giants (Modern Plays) (1984) 14 eksemplarer
Early Poems (1998) 13 eksemplarer
Naar Afrika (1998) 12 eksemplarer
The Jero Plays (Modern Plays) (1964) 11 eksemplarer
Ogun Abibiman (1976) 9 eksemplarer
King Baabu (2002) 8 eksemplarer
Conversations with Wole Soyinka (2001) 8 eksemplarer
Five plays 8 eksemplarer
Opera wonyosi (1981) 7 eksemplarer
Requiem for a Futurologist (1985) 5 eksemplarer
The Swamp Dwellers 5 eksemplarer
The trials of Brother Jero (1969) 5 eksemplarer
Teatro (1987) 5 eksemplarer
The Beatification of Area Boy (1995) 4 eksemplarer
A Scourge of Hyacinths (1999) 4 eksemplarer
Transition: Volume 2: No. 57 (1992) 3 eksemplarer
The Strong Breed 3 eksemplarer
Salutation to the gut (2002) 2 eksemplarer
Outsiders 1 eksemplar
Teatro africano 1 eksemplar
Gekken & specialisten (2021) 1 eksemplar
Vrijeme rasapa (2013) 1 eksemplar
Tumači 1 eksemplar
Alapata Apata (2015) 1 eksemplar
A Democracy Day Primer (2019) 1 eksemplar
Il peso della memoria (2007) 1 eksemplar
Afrika'ya Dair (2018) 1 eksemplar
Kuranty ciszy i inne wiersze (1982) 1 eksemplar
Ws: A Life in Full (Paper) (2004) 1 eksemplar
Before the Blackout 1 eksemplar
Etiki Revu Wetin 1 eksemplar
Poems from Prison 1 eksemplar
Man And Nature 1 eksemplar
The Invention and The Detainee (2005) 1 eksemplar
Gedichten (1987) 1 eksemplar
Tolkene (1980) 1 eksemplar
La ‰strada: teatro (1997) 1 eksemplar
Tumaci 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Bidragyder — 1,370 eksemplarer
The Palm-Wine Drinkard and his Dead Palm-Wine Tapster in the Deads' Town (1952) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver491 eksemplarer
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Bidragyder — 447 eksemplarer
African Folktales (1983) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver413 eksemplarer
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Bidragyder — 331 eksemplarer
Ambiguous Adventure (1961) — Efterskrift, nogle udgaver309 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry (1996) — Bidragyder — 304 eksemplarer
Modern Poetry from Africa (1963) — Bidragyder — 264 eksemplarer
The Last Summer of Reason (2001) — Forord, nogle udgaver221 eksemplarer
Granta 108: Chicago (2009) — Bidragyder — 141 eksemplarer
Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Hunter’s Saga (1939) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver100 eksemplarer
Nobel Lectures: From the Literature Laureates, 1986 to 2006 (2006) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
An African Treasury (1960) — Bidragyder — 68 eksemplarer
Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara (2014) — Introduktion — 65 eksemplarer
James Baldwin: The Legacy (A Touchstone book) (1989) — Forord — 55 eksemplarer
Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology (2001) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
One World of Literature (1992) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
African Literature: an anthology of criticism and theory (2007) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
Out of Bounds: British, Black, and Asian Poets (2012) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Shakespeare and Race (2000) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Crosswinds: An Anthology of Black Dramatists in the Diaspora (1993) — Playwright — 10 eksemplarer
The word is here : poetry from modern Africa (1973) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer

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Wole Soyinka returns to Biafra i All Books Africa (oktober 2007)


Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka has written plays, poems and novels steeped in what Nigerian tradition there is and that of his own Yoruba people. Since he first rose to prominence in the early 1960s he has been centrally involved in the complex and dangerous world of Nigerian politics, which has led on occasion to both imprisonment and forced exile.

You Must Set Forth at Dawn is his third volume of memoirs, if his powerful 1972 prison notebook The Man Died is included as well as his 1981 childhood reminiscences, Aké the Years of Childhood.
Soyinka is an engaged writer, who is at the centre of all the stories he tells. Occasionally in a book that stretches to nearly 600 pages that leads to self-indulgence, and he is not one to avoid florid writing. However he is always an insightful commentator on Nigeria and it is undoubtedly true that he has often been near the centre of events…

He returned from studying abroad to travel around Nigeria researching traditional drama, and was amazed at the national borders colonialism had established, “Culture and language differed within each nation as frequently and profoundly as they found identities across the borders of such nation spaces; the arbitrariness and illogicality of their groupings hit any traveller in the face.”…

The expansion of his own political engagement, such as the symbolic stealing of a presidential speech, matches the descent of Nigeria into military dictatorship and the brutal Biafran war. Writing about the crazed logic of bureaucracy under military dictatorship, or the corruption of the anti-corruption soldiers gives a convincing feel of the times. This atmosphere is the book’s real strength…

His narrative can be frustrating and occasionally infuriating as it weaves poetically around his life, structured for the best punch line rather than clarity. But, in the end it tells you something about the history of Nigeria and modern Africa. It is anecdotal rather than historical, but it never claims otherwise.

Socialist Review, Issue 316, July 2007 https://socialistworker.co.uk/socialist-review-archive/you-must-set-forth-dawn/
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KenOlende | Feb 4, 2024 |
This immersive collection of Soyinka's early poetry is powerful and engrossing, densely packed with an appreciation for Nigerian culture and history, the natural world, and the difficulties inherent in a long-established culture suddenly being pulled all at once into the twentieth century and all that came with it. Soyinka's language is, as ever, tense and demanding, but full of such images and moments as make any collection shine.

This isn't an easy collection, but I was glad to immerse myself in it, and plan to revisit it at length. I'd recommend it for those interested in Soyinka's early work or African poetry. Soyinka was the first African writer to ever be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and it's clear why.… (mere)
whitewavedarling | Dec 3, 2023 |
J’étais curieuse de découvrir ce livre et cet auteur que je ne connaissais pas. La lecture s’est révélée pour moi un peu lente et laborieuse, mais je ne saurais pas dire exactement pourquoi. La mise en scène de son enfance par Wole Soyinka ne manque pas de piquant. A l’en croire, il fut un petit garçon très perspicace et plein d’espièglerie.
On sent bien comment Wole Soyinka reconstruit son enfance pour expliquer l’homme qu’il est devenu, tout en laissant une grande place aux lieux et à l’époque. Sachant qu’il est devenu avant tout un homme de théâtre, je trouve cette mise en scène qui ne se cache pas intéressante et savoureuse à la fois.
Une intéressante et étrange lecture, donc. Je ne suis pas certaine cependant de lire les autres tomes des mémoires de Wole Soyinka, mais je ne serais pas contre voir une de ses pièces et, en attendant le bon vouloir d’un metteur en scène, je me laisserais bien tenter par le roman qu’il a publié il y a peu et dont la traduction vient de paraître en France sous le long et un peu énigmatique titre [Chroniques du pays des gens les plus heureux du monde].
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raton-liseur | 10 andre anmeldelser | Oct 30, 2023 |
you might need a dictionary
author is a major literary figure and his vocabulary is superb
he is Nigerian (not an outside journalist)
pollycallahan | Jul 1, 2023 |



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