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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Forfatter af A Grain of Wheat

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Novelist, playwright, and essayist, Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Kenya on January 5, 1938. He received a B.A. in English from Makerere University College in Kampala, Uganda in 1963. He is Kenya's best-known writer and one of East Africa's most outspoken social critics. His first novel, Weep Not, vis mere Child (1964), was a penetrating account of the Mau Mau uprising (a tribal revolt that occurred in colonial Kenya) and was the first English-language novel by an East African. Two subsequent works, The River Between (1965) and A Grain of Wheat (1967), are sensitive novels about the Kikuyu people caught between the old and the new Africa. One of his major concerns has been the lack of reading materials in native African languages. In an attempt to bring literature to African peasants and workers, he wrote and produced the play I Will Marry When I Want (1977) in his native Kikuyu language. The play, which shows the exploitation of Kikuyu workers and peasants, attracted a large audience of poor Kenyans. It also led to Ngugi's arrest and imprisonment. After his release from prison, he went into exile and is currently living in the United States. His other works include Detained (1981); Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (1986); and Matigari (1987). He received the 2001 Nonino International Prize for Literature. In 2006, Random House published his first new novel in nearly two decades, Wizard of the Crow. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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(eng) Ngũgĩ's name is not in the western form of last name, first name, because neither Ngũgĩ nor wa Thiong'o is his "last name" in the sense that is used in the west. He returned to the traditional Gikuyi form of his name, which roughly means Ngũgĩ son of Thiong'o, and is referred to on his own web site as Ngũgĩ.

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Værker af Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

A Grain of Wheat (1967) 932 eksemplarer
Wizard of the Crow (2006) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver922 eksemplarer
Petals of Blood (1977) 754 eksemplarer
The River Between (1965) 702 eksemplarer
Weep Not, Child (1964) 554 eksemplarer
Devil on the Cross (1980) 386 eksemplarer
Matigari (1987) 262 eksemplarer
I Will Marry When I Want (1982) 77 eksemplarer
The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (1977) 46 eksemplarer
Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary (1981) 44 eksemplarer
Secret lives, and other stories (1975) 42 eksemplarer
The Black Hermit (1968) 28 eksemplarer
Homecoming (1891) 22 eksemplarer
Secure the Base (2016) 12 eksemplarer
Njamba Nene's Pistol (1984) — Forfatter — 4 eksemplarer
Njamba Nene and the Flying Bus (1982) — Forfatter — 4 eksemplarer
The Language of Languages (2022) 4 eksemplarer
Petals of Blood 3 eksemplarer
Se Afrika (2017) 3 eksemplarer
Aradaki Nehir (2016) 2 eksemplarer
This Time Tomorrow (1976) 2 eksemplarer
Writing Against Neocolonialism (1986) 2 eksemplarer
Minutes of glory 2 eksemplarer
Usilie Mpenzi Wangu 1 eksemplar
Nisun jyvä 1 eksemplar
Mtawa Mweusi (1970) 1 eksemplar
Mutiiri 1 eksemplar
Re-membering Africa (2009) 1 eksemplar
Njia Panda 1 eksemplar
Chmury i łzy 1 eksemplar
Mtawa mweusi 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

African Short Stories (1985) — Bidragyder — 144 eksemplarer
Granta 109: Work (2009) — Bidragyder — 116 eksemplarer
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories (1997) — Bidragyder — 92 eksemplarer
Nairobi Noir (2020) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
One World of Literature (1992) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
African Literature: an anthology of criticism and theory (2007) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
An African Quilt: 24 Modern African Stories (2012) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
Captive Imagination: Letters from Prison (2010) — Forord — 4 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Thiong'o, Ngugi wa
Juridisk navn
Thiong'o, Ngũgĩ wa
Andre navne
Ngugi, James Thiong'o (birth name)
wa Thiongo, Ngugi
Land (til kort)
Kamiriithu, Kenya
Kamiriithu, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Irvine, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Makerere University
University of Leeds
university professor
scholar of African and English literature
Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ (son)
Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ (daughter)
University of California, Irvine
Amherst College
Yale University
New York University
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Lotus Prize for Literature (1973)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary ∙ Literature ∙ 2003)
PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature (2022)
Oplysning om flertydighed
Ngũgĩ's name is not in the western form of last name, first name, because neither Ngũgĩ nor wa Thiong'o is his "last name" in the sense that is used in the west. He returned to the traditional Gikuyi form of his name, which roughly means Ngũgĩ son of Thiong'o, and is referred to on his own web site as Ngũgĩ.



Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o i Author Theme Reads (januar 2012)
Matigari by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o i Author Theme Reads (december 2011)
Introducing Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o i Author Theme Reads (december 2011)
Weep Not, Child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o i Author Theme Reads (december 2011)
The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o i Author Theme Reads (december 2011)
Devil on the Cross by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o i Author Theme Reads (november 2011)


3.5, I did like the book and I learned a lot from it but you can tell its the author's first novel. The first half of the novel is a classic coming-of-age tale with a practical realism meeting the magical memory of the Kenyan hilllands. It plays out important issues for Africans under colonialism, dealing very directly with the complex issue of female circumcision. But the second half of the book is too burdened by repetitive exposition, and morality play style allusions for it to really shine, although certainly, the potential is there. The book is worth reading and I look forward to reading other of Thiong'o's works.… (mere)
Aidan767 | 19 andre anmeldelser | Feb 1, 2024 |
First-hand engrossing memoir of life during the years of the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya, and the often brutal British colonial responses.
sfj2 | 5 andre anmeldelser | Dec 3, 2023 |
Reasons read: ROOT, ANC,
I received this as part of AudioSync File summer program for young people. This is a work of verse telling the creation myth. It is a blend of folklore, myth, adventure and allegory. It is my first book by this author.
Kristelh | 8 andre anmeldelser | Oct 6, 2023 |
This is well known enough on this board that no summary is needed. I will say only that I had the same reaction to this as to the last book of his that I read (The River Between): good, but no more. Although I find his settings and themes of great interest, he just doesn’t engage me. I don’t find the writing particularly moving and the characters—the protagonist(s) as well as the lesser characters—strike me too often as just a step up from stick figures. I will persist and try A Grain of Wheat next since that seems well-regarded here. But I will confess to being disappointed. Again.… (mere)
Gypsy_Boy | 7 andre anmeldelser | Aug 25, 2023 |



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