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Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the 1970s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language to culture. In Something Torn and New, Ngugi explores Africa's historical, economic, and cultural fragmentation by slavery, colonialism, and globalization. Throughout this tragic history, a constant and irrepressible force was Europhonism: the replacement of native names, languages, and identities with European ones. The result was the dismemberment of African memory.
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"Starred Review. Ngugi's language is fresh; the questions he raises are profound, the argument he makes is clear: 'To starve or kill a language is to starve and kill a people's memory bank.'" - Publishers Weekly
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Ngugi wa Thiong'o Author Biography
Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in the Kiambu district of Kenya in 1938, into a
large peasant family; he is the fifth child of the third of his father's four
wives and is of Kĩkũyũ descent. He was baptized James Ngugi, and while at mission school became a devout Christian. His family was caught up in the
Mau Mau rebellion (an insurgency by Kenyan freedom fighters against the British
colonial administration, 1952 to 1960); he lost his stepbrother, and his mother
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