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    DescriptionThe 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


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    Title
    Petals of Blood
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ngguggi, By (author) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Introduction by Moses Isegawa
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143039174
    ISBN 10: 0143039172
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 823/.914
    B&T General Subject: 500
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 09
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 62
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 77
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PR9381.9.N45 P436 2005
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Penguin USA
    Publication date
    22 February 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938. One of the leading African writers and scholars at work today, he is the author of many novels, short stories, essays, a memoir, and several plays, and recipient of numerous high honors. Currently he is Distinguished Professor in the School of Humanities and director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine. Moses Isegawa was born in Uganda and is the author of the novels Abyssinian Chronicles and Snakepit.
    Review quote
    "Ambitious, caustic, and impassioned." --The New Yorker "A mind-blowing political statement, an anguished cry of despair... a bombshell." --The Weekly Review, Kenya