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Wizard of the crow / Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo ; a translation from Gĩkũyũ by the author.

By: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo, 1938- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2006Edition: 1st ed.Description: 768 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 037542248X; 9781784873356; 9780375422485.Uniform titles: Mũrogi wa Kagogo. English Subject(s): Power (Social sciences) -- Fiction | Africa -- Fiction | Kenya -- FictionGenre/Form: Political fiction. | Humorous stories. | Satire.DDC classification: 823/.914 Other classification: 18.07 | 18.92 Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description | Sample text | Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
Contents:
Power daemons -- Queuing daemons -- Female daemons -- Male daemons -- Rebel daemons -- Bearded daemons.
Summary: The individual stories of characters both powerful and ordinary creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of postcolonial Africa in the twentieth century in a novel set in the Free Republic of Aburiria.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

From the exiled Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet, and literary critic--a magisterial comic novel that is certain to take its place as a landmark of postcolonial African literature. In exile now for more than twenty years, Ngugl wa Thiong'o has become one of the most widely read African writers of our time, the power and scope of his work garnering him international attention and praise. His aim inWizard of the Crowis, in his own words,nothing less than "to sum up Africa of the twentieth century in the context of two thousand years of world history." Commencing in "our times" and set in the "Free Republic of Aburlria," the novel dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburlrian people. Among the contenders: His High Mighty Excellency; the eponymous Wizard, an avatar of folklore and wisdom; the corrupt Christian Ministry; and the nefarious Global Bank. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic,Wizard of the Crowreveals humanity in all its endlessly surprising complexity. Informed by richly enigmatic traditional African storytelling,Wizard of the Crowis a masterpiece, the crowning achievement in Ngugl wa Thiong'o's career thus far. From the Hardcover edition.

Power daemons -- Queuing daemons -- Female daemons -- Male daemons -- Rebel daemons -- Bearded daemons.

The individual stories of characters both powerful and ordinary creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of postcolonial Africa in the twentieth century in a novel set in the Free Republic of Aburiria.

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Wa'Thiong'O is an acclaimed Kenyan writer (Petals of Blood; Matigari), as well as an academic, political activist, and former exile. With his new novel, he may be implying that only magic realism can convey the complexity, ironies, and absurdities, both sociological and political, of postcolonial Africa and its relation to the global community. The story follows the monstrous ruler of a fictional African country, who wants to build the tallest building in the world and travels to New York to seek funding. Bizarre things happen to him, and in time the Wizard of the title is brought from Africa to provide assistance but instead embarks on his own adventures. Folkloric in sweep and satirical in tone, this hefty novel can be challenging for those lacking a taste for allegory or unfamiliar with modern African politics. The translation, by the author himself from his native Gikuyu, is fluid and manages to convey a vivid sense of African storytelling. Recommended for all collections of literary fiction.-Laurie Sullivan, Sage Group Intl., Nashville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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