In The Shadow Of A Saint

In The Shadow Of A Saint

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'My father. That's what this is all about. Where does he end and where do I begin?' Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed in November 1995. One of Nigeria's best-loved writers and an outspoken critic of military rule, he was a prime mover in bringing the human rights abuses of Shell Oil and the Nigerian military to the attention of the world. His death was headline news internationally. The name of Ken Saro-Wiwa became a potent symbol of the struggle between a traditional way of life and the juggernaut of global commercial interests. What was it like to grow up with such a politically active and socially conscious father? How do you come to terms with your father's imprisonment and execution? How do you cope with the endless international press speculation about your father's life and character? And how do you respond when international attention is focused on you? How do you make your own way in life against your father's expectations of you, especially when you carry the same name? How do you live with such a complex personal history? This frank and memorable depiction of Ken Saro-Wiwa's childhood and relationship with his father vividly recounts the journey he took to answer those questions. Ultimately it is the story of how Ken Wiwa went looking for his father and ended up finding himself.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552998915
  • 9780552998918
  • 1,457,218

About Ken Wiwa

Born in Nigeria and educated in England, Ken Wiwa now contributes regularly to UK newspapers including the Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, the Independent, the Independent on Sunday and the Observer. Internationally his journalism has appeared in Canada, South Africa, Holland, Germany and Spain and in a weekly column for Vanguard in Nigeria. Ken was also internet editor for the Guardian for nearly two years. He currently lives in Canada with his family and is senior resident writer at Massey College in the University of Toronto.show more

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"'Painfully honest...all the more moving because it does not shy away from the difficulties of the son's relationship with the father'"show more

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'My father. That's what this is all about. Where does he end and where do I begin?' Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed in November 1995. One of Nigeria's best-loved writers and an outspoken critic of military rule, he was a prime mover in bringing the human rights abuses of Shell Oil and the Nigerian military to the attention of the world. His death was headline news internationally. The name of Ken Saro-Wiwa became a potent symbol of the struggle between a traditional way of life and the juggernaut of globalization. In the Shadow of a Saint is Ken Wiwa's frank and moving depiction of his turbulent relationship with his father. Written against the foreground of Ken Saro Wiwa's political fight on behalf of his people, it is a tale of struggle within a struggle, an account of how Ken Wiwa went searching for his father and ended up finding himself.show more

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