Petals of Blood

Petals of Blood

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Ngguggi, By (author) Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, Introduction by Moses Isegawa

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 23mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 22 February 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143039172
  • ISBN 13: 9780143039174
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 106,538

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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.

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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.

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Ambitious, caustic, and impassioned. ("The New Yorker") A mind-blowing political statement, an anguished cry of despair... a bombshell. ("The Weekly Review", Kenya) The definitive African book of the twentieth century. (Moses Isegawa)