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Birth of a dream weaver : a writer's awakening

Author: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo
Publisher: New York : The New Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Birth of a Dream Weaver charts the very beginnings of a writers creative output. In this wonderful memoir, internationally renowned Kenyan writer and author of the now-classic Wizard and the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent in Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda--threshold years where he found his voice as a playwright, journalist, and novelist, just as Uganda, Kenya, Congo, and other
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo; Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo; Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo
ISBN: 9781620972403 1620972409
OCLC Number: 953823528
Description: 238 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue --
The wound in the heart --
A wounded land --
Reds and blacks --
Benzes, sneakers, frisbees, and flags --
Penpoints and fig trees --
Writing for the money of it --
Black dolls and black masks --
Transition and that letter from Paris --
Boxers and black hermits --
Pages, stages, spaces --
Coal, rubber, silver, gold, and new flags --
Working for the nation --
Notes and notebooks --
A hell of a paradise.
Responsibility: Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo.

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"Birth of a Dream Weaver charts the very beginnings of a writers creative output. In this wonderful memoir, internationally renowned Kenyan writer and author of the now-classic Wizard and the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent in Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda--threshold years where he found his voice as a playwright, journalist, and novelist, just as Uganda, Kenya, Congo, and other countries were in the final throes of their independence struggles, "--NoveList.

"Birth of a Dream Weaver charts the very beginnings of a writer's creative output. In this wonderful memoir, Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda--threshold years during which he found his voice as a journalist, short story writer, playwright, and novelist just as colonial empires were crumbling and new nations were being born--under the shadow of the rivalries, intrigues, and assassinations of the Cold War. Haunted by the memories of the carnage and mass incarceration carried out by the British colonial-settler state in his native Kenya but inspired by the titanic struggle against it, Ngũgĩ, then known as James Ngugi, begins to weave stories from the fibers of memory, history, and a shockingly vibrant and turbulent present. What unfolds in this moving and thought-provoking memoir is simultaneously the birth of one of the most important living writers--lauded for his "epic imagination" (Los Angeles Times)--the death of one of the most violent episodes in global history, and the emergence of new histories and nations with uncertain futures."--Publisher's description.

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