From the book jacket: The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in
Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka
now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an
equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile
from) his beloved, beleaguered homeland.
In the tough, humane, and lyrical language that has typified his plays and novels, Soyinka captures the indomitable spirit of Nigeria itself by bringing to life the friends and family who bolstered and inspired him, and by describing the pioneering theater works that defied censure and tradition. Soyinka not only recounts his exile and the terrible reign of General Sani Abacha, but shares vivid memories and playful anecdotesincluding his improbable friendship with a prominent Nigerian businessman and the time he smuggled a ...
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