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Wizard of the Crow

A Novel

by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Wizard of the Crow
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Ngugi wa Thiong'o (pronounced GU-gi wa-ti-ONG-go) was born into a large peasant family, in the Kiambu district of Kenya in 1938. He was the fifth child of the third of his father's four wives and is of Kikuyu descent. He was baptized James Ngugi, and later became a devout Christian while at missionary school; but around 1967 he rejected his baptismal name, and changed his name to Ngugi wa Thiong'o. His family was caught up in the Mau Mau rebellion (an insurgency by Kenyan freedom fighters against the British colonial administration (1952 - 1960) during which he lost his stepbrother and his mother was tortured.

He burst onto the literary scene in East Africa with the performance of his first major play, The Black Hermit, at the ...

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