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Birth of a Dream Weaver : A Writer's Awakening

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`Exquisite in its honesty and truth and resilience, and a necessary chronicle from one of the greatest writers of our time.' - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Guardian As a young student, internationally renowned author Ngugi wa Thiong'o found his voice as a playwright, journalist and novelist, writing his first, pivotal works just as the countries of East Africa were in the final throes of their independence struggles. For Ngugi, an ambitious student leaving Kenya for the first time, the prestigious Makerere University embodies all the potential and excitement of the early 1960s. Campus is a haven of opportunity for the brightest African students, a meeting place for great thinkers and writers from all over the world, and its alumni, including Milton Obote and Julius Nyerere, are filling Africa's emerging political and cultural positions. Despite the challenges he faces as a young black man in a British colony, it is here that Ngugi begins to write, weaving stories from the fibres of memory, history and a shockingly turbulent present. Birth of a Dream Weaver is a moving and thought-provoking memoir of the birth of one of the most important writers today, and the death of one of the most violent periods in global history.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 19mm | 388g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • HARVILL SECKER
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1846559898
  • 9781846559891
  • 285,936

About Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Ngugi wa Thiong'o is one of the leading writers and scholars at work in the world today. His books include the novels Petals of Blood, for which he was imprisoned by the Kenyan government in 1977, A Grain of Wheat and Wizard of the Crow; the memoirs, Dreams in a Time of War and In the House of the Interpreter; and the essays, Decolonizing the Mind, Something Torn and New and Globalectics. Recipient of many honours, among them ten honorary doctorates, he is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.show more

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"I particularly loved [Birth of A Dream Weaver]... Exquisite in its honesty and truth and resilience, and a necessary chronicle from one of the greatest writers of our time." -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie * Guardian, Book of the Year * "The book tracks the blossoming of a politically conscious young writer's talent in the nurturing environment that was Makerere in its prime. Egged on by fellow students, encouraged by the progressive dean Hugh Dinwiddy and offered tips by a visiting Chinua Achebe, Ngugi finds his creative voice just as a continent is finding its freedom. The convictions he forms will last a lifetime: the quest for African dignity and self-realization, a rejection of Western hegemony, a passionate call for Africans to tell their own story in their own indigenous languages." -- Michela Wrong * New York Times * "Ngugi has written an autobiographical masterpiece... a riveting read in African history and literature" * Library Journal, STARRED review * "Ngugi wa Thiong'o recalls his upbringing in colonial Kenya... Mr Ngugi's unstated goal throughout this book is reclamation...of much of the colonial endeavour in east Africa." * Economist * "A tremendous writer... It's hard to doubt the power of the written word when you hear the story of Ngugi wa Thiong'o" * Guardian *show more

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"A tremendous writer... It's hard to doubt the power of the written word when you hear the story of Ngugi wa Thiong’o"show more

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