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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Autor(a) de A Grain of Wheat

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About the Author

Novelist, playwright, and essayist, Ngugi wa Thiong'o was born in Kenya on January 5, 1938. He received a B.A. in English from Makerere University College in Kampala, Uganda in 1963. He is Kenya's best-known writer and one of East Africa's most outspoken social critics. His first novel, Weep Not, mostrar mais Child (1964), was a penetrating account of the Mau Mau uprising (a tribal revolt that occurred in colonial Kenya) and was the first English-language novel by an East African. Two subsequent works, The River Between (1965) and A Grain of Wheat (1967), are sensitive novels about the Kikuyu people caught between the old and the new Africa. One of his major concerns has been the lack of reading materials in native African languages. In an attempt to bring literature to African peasants and workers, he wrote and produced the play I Will Marry When I Want (1977) in his native Kikuyu language. The play, which shows the exploitation of Kikuyu workers and peasants, attracted a large audience of poor Kenyans. It also led to Ngugi's arrest and imprisonment. After his release from prison, he went into exile and is currently living in the United States. His other works include Detained (1981); Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (1986); and Matigari (1987). He received the 2001 Nonino International Prize for Literature. In 2006, Random House published his first new novel in nearly two decades, Wizard of the Crow. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Disambiguation Notice:

(eng) Ngũgĩ's name is not in the western form of last name, first name, because neither Ngũgĩ nor wa Thiong'o is his "last name" in the sense that is used in the west. He returned to the traditional Gikuyi form of his name, which roughly means Ngũgĩ son of Thiong'o, and is referred to on his own web site as Ngũgĩ.

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Obras por Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

A Grain of Wheat (1967) 937 exemplares
Wizard of the Crow (2006) — Tradutor, algumas edições927 exemplares
Petals of Blood (1977) 761 exemplares
The River Between (1965) 709 exemplares
Weep Not, Child (1964) 563 exemplares
Devil on the Cross (1980) 393 exemplares
Matigari (1987) 265 exemplares
I Will Marry When I Want (1982) 78 exemplares
The Trial of Dedan Kimathi (1977) 47 exemplares
Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary (1981) 46 exemplares
Secret lives, and other stories (1975) 42 exemplares
The Black Hermit (1968) 28 exemplares
Homecoming (1891) 22 exemplares
Secure the Base (2016) 12 exemplares
The Language of Languages (2022) 5 exemplares
Njamba Nene's Pistol (1984) — Autor — 4 exemplares
Njamba Nene and the Flying Bus (1982) — Autor — 4 exemplares
Petals of Blood 3 exemplares
Se Afrika (2017) 3 exemplares
Ikke gråt, barnet mitt : roman (2021) 2 exemplares
Aradaki Nehir (2016) 2 exemplares
Minutes of glory 2 exemplares
This Time Tomorrow (1976) 2 exemplares
Writing Against Neocolonialism (1986) 2 exemplares
Mtawa Mweusi (1970) 1 exemplar
Mutiiri 1 exemplar
Nisun jyvä 1 exemplar
Mtawa mweusi 1 exemplar
Re-membering Africa (2009) 1 exemplar
Chmury i łzy 1 exemplar
Njia Panda 1 exemplar

Associated Works

African Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 147 exemplares
Granta 109: Work (2009) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
Decolonial Marxism: Essays from the Pan-African Revolution (2022) — Prefácio — 81 exemplares
Found in Translation (2018) — Contribuidor, algumas edições36 exemplares
Nairobi Noir (2020) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
One World of Literature (1992) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
African Literature: an anthology of criticism and theory (2007) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
An African Quilt: 24 Modern African Stories (2012) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Contribuidor — 16 exemplares
Captive Imagination: Letters from Prison (2010) — Prefácio — 4 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Thiong'o, Ngugi wa
Nome legal
Thiong'o, Ngũgĩ wa
Outros nomes
Ngugi, James Thiong'o (birth name)
wa Thiongo, Ngugi
Data de nascimento
País (no mapa)
Local de nascimento
Kamiriithu, Kenya
Locais de residência
Kamiriithu, Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya
Irvine, California, USA
New York, New York, USA
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Makerere University
University of Leeds
university professor
scholar of African and English literature
Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ (son)
Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ (daughter)
University of California, Irvine
Amherst College
Yale University
New York University
Prémios e menções honrosas
Lotus Prize for Literature (1973)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Foreign Honorary ∙ Literature ∙ 2003)
PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature (2022)
Nota de desambiguação
Ngũgĩ's name is not in the western form of last name, first name, because neither Ngũgĩ nor wa Thiong'o is his "last name" in the sense that is used in the west. He returned to the traditional Gikuyi form of his name, which roughly means Ngũgĩ son of Thiong'o, and is referred to on his own web site as Ngũgĩ.



Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o em Author Theme Reads (Janeiro 2012)
Matigari by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o em Author Theme Reads (Dezembro 2011)
Introducing Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o em Author Theme Reads (Dezembro 2011)
Weep Not, Child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o em Author Theme Reads (Dezembro 2011)
The River Between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o em Author Theme Reads (Dezembro 2011)
Devil on the Cross by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o em Author Theme Reads (Novembro 2011)


3.5, I did like the book and I learned a lot from it but you can tell its the author's first novel. The first half of the novel is a classic coming-of-age tale with a practical realism meeting the magical memory of the Kenyan hilllands. It plays out important issues for Africans under colonialism, dealing very directly with the complex issue of female circumcision. But the second half of the book is too burdened by repetitive exposition, and morality play style allusions for it to really shine, although certainly, the potential is there. The book is worth reading and I look forward to reading other of Thiong'o's works.… (mais)
Aidan767 | 19 outras críticas | Feb 1, 2024 |
First-hand engrossing memoir of life during the years of the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya, and the often brutal British colonial responses.
sfj2 | 5 outras críticas | Dec 3, 2023 |
Reasons read: ROOT, ANC,
I received this as part of AudioSync File summer program for young people. This is a work of verse telling the creation myth. It is a blend of folklore, myth, adventure and allegory. It is my first book by this author.
Kristelh | 8 outras críticas | Oct 6, 2023 |
This is well known enough on this board that no summary is needed. I will say only that I had the same reaction to this as to the last book of his that I read (The River Between): good, but no more. Although I find his settings and themes of great interest, he just doesn’t engage me. I don’t find the writing particularly moving and the characters—the protagonist(s) as well as the lesser characters—strike me too often as just a step up from stick figures. I will persist and try A Grain of Wheat next since that seems well-regarded here. But I will confess to being disappointed. Again.… (mais)
Gypsy_Boy | 7 outras críticas | Aug 25, 2023 |



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