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Of Africa

Of Africa
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A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, Wole Soyinka has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure. He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, an irrepressible essayist...
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300198331
  • ISBN-10: 0300198337
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Media: Paperback
  • Status: Currently Unavailable
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A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, Wole Soyinka has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure. He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, an irrepressible essayist and a staunch critic of the oppressive boot, he unhesitatingly speaks out. In this magnificent new work, Soyinka offers a wide-ranging inquiry into Africas culture, religion, history, imagination and identity. He seeks to understand how the continents history is entwined with the histories of others, while exploring Africas truest assets: its humanity, the quality and valuation of its own existence, and modes of managing its environment - both physical and intangible (which includes the spiritual). Fully grasping the extent of Africas most challenging issues, Soyinka nevertheless refuses defeatism. With eloquence he analyzes problems ranging from the meaning of the past to the threat of theocracy. He asks hard questions about racial attitudes, inter-ethnic and religious violence, the viability of nations whose boundaries were laid out by outsiders, African identity on the continent and among displaced Africans, and more. Soyinkas exploration of Africa relocates the continent in the readers imagination and maps a course toward an African future of peace and affirmation.

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  • ISBN-13 : 9780300198331
  • ISBN-10 : 0300198337
  • Media : Paperback
  • Pages : 224
  • Status : Currently Unavailable
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