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Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo 1938-

Works: 460 works in 1,644 publications in 14 languages and 38,027 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Political fiction  Biography  Drama  Satire  Diaries  Bibliography  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Other, Translator, Honoree, Interviewee
Classifications: PR9381.9.N45, 823
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A grain of wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'o( Book )

102 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of Kenyan author Ngugi have made a powerful impact throughout the world. A Grain of Wheat was recognised as one of Africa's 100 best books of the twentieth century in an initiative organised by the Zimbabwe International Book Fair. The central action in this novel by Ngugi wa Thiong'o takes place in December of 1963 in a village in Kenya that is preparing for the coming of Uhuru (Independence). However, the plot is non-linear, with a wealth of flashbacks and various twists and turns. There are also multiple storylines which are well-woven into a fascinating tapestry. The main story is indeed the coming of Independence Day, part of which involves identifying the person who betrayed Kihika, one of the leading freedom fighters from the village. Many of the flashbacks along this storyline involve the fight for freedom as well as details about what occurred in the detention camps. Another prominent storyline is that involving a love triangle between Mumbi and her two suitors, Gikonyo and Karanja. A third intriguing storyline involves Mugo, a man whom everyone recognizes as different yet feels drawn to. Ngugi portrays his inner conflict masterfully, especially in using biblical allusions to both Moses and Judas in relation to Mugo." (Oct. 22, 2010)
Weep not, child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

95 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Two small boys stand on a rubbish heap and look into the future. One boy is excited, he is beginning school; the other, his brother, is an apprentice carpetner. Together, they will serve their country--the teacher and the craftsman. But this is Kenya and times are against them. In the forests, the Mau Mau are waging war against the white government, and two brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, and the rest of their family, need to decide where their loyalties lie. For the practical man, the choice is simple, but for Njoroge, the scholar, the dream of progress through learning is a hard one to give up"--Back cover
Petals of blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

78 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The puzzling murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery sets the scene for this novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya. It is--on the surface--a suspenseful investigation of a triple murder. But as the intertwined stories of the four suspects unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel their leaders have failed them time after time"--Back cover
The river between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

93 editions published between 1965 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores life on the Makuyu and Kameno ridges of Kenya in the early days of white settlement. Faced with an alluring new religion and 'magical' customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it. Some follow Joshua and his fiery brand of Christianity. Others proudly pursue tribal independence. In the midst of this disunity stands Waiyaki, a dedicated visionary born to a line of prophets. He struggles to educate the tribe, a task he sees as the only unifying link between the two factions, but his plans for the future raise issue which will determine both his and the Gikuyu's survival
Wizard of the crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

34 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The individual stories of characters both powerful and ordinary creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of postcolonial Africa in the twentieth century in a novel set in the Free Republic of Aburiria
Devil on the cross by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

58 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This remarkable and symbolic novel centers around Wariinga's tragedy and uses it to tell a story of contemporary Kenya faced with the "satan of capitalism." Ngugi has directed his writing even more firmly towards the commitment that he shows in Writers in Politics and Detained: A Writer's Prison Diary. The novel was written secretly in prison on the only available material -- lavatory paper. It was discovered when almost complete but unexpectedly returned to him on his release. Such was the demand for the original Gikuyu edition that it reprinted on publication
Decolonising the mind : the politics of language in African literature by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

45 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,074 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ngugi wa Thiong'o famously began his writing career writing in English (publishing under the name "James Ngugi"). He had considerable success, but eventually turned to writing in his mother tongue, Gikuyu (though he did translate and publish these later works in English too). Ngugi is among a handful of authors who have written successfully in more than one language -- Samuel Beckett and Vladimir Nabokov are among the few others -- but his reasons for doing so differ somewhat from those of other bilingual authors. Decolonising the Mind is both an explanation of how he came to write in Gikuyu, as well as an exhortation for African writers to embrace their native tongues in their art. The foreign languages most African authors write in are the languages of the imperialists -- English, French, and Portuguese -- that were relatively recently imposed on them. (Ngugi doesn't consider Arabic in the same light, nor Swahili.) Ngugi makes a good case for the obvious point: that the relation of Africans to those imposed languages is a very different one from that which the same Africans have to the native languages they speak at home. Speaking and writing in the language of the colonisers will naturally be different than in the language one speaks while at play or with one's family. In addition, the language of the coloniser is often a truly foreign one: segments of society understand it badly, if at all, and so certain audiences can not be reached by works in these imposed languages. (The validity of some of these points has, however, diminished over the past decades, as literacy has spread and French, Portuguese, and especially English have established themselves as linguae francae across much of the continent.) -- Review from (Oct. 7, 2011)
Homecoming: essays on African and Caribbean literature, culture and politics by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

37 editions published between 1972 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The black hermit by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

44 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this play, Remi, the first of his tribe to go to university, ponders whether or not he should return to his people. Or should he continue to be a black hermit in the town?
Secret lives and other stories by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

29 editions published between 1975 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moving the centre : the struggle for cultural freedoms by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

16 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection Ngugi is concerned with moving the centre in two senses - between nations and within nations - in order to contribute to the freeing of world cultures from the restrictive walls of nationalism, class, race and gender. Between nations the need is to move the centre from its assumed location in the West to a multiplicity of spheres in all the cultures of the world. Within nations the move should be away from all minority class establishments to the real creative centre among working people in conditions of racial, religious and gender equality. -- Back cover
I will marry when I want by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

30 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trial of Dedan Kimathi by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

46 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Something torn and new : an African renaissance by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the 1970s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language to culture. Here, Ngugi explores Africa's historical, economic, and cultural fragmentation by slavery, colonialism, and globalization. Throughout this tragic history, a constant and irrepressible force was Europhonism: the replacement of native names, languages, and identities with European ones. The result was the dismemberment of African memory. Seeking to remember language in order to revitalize it, Ngugi's quest is for wholeness. Wide-ranging, erudite, and hopeful, this book is a cri de coeur to save Africa's cultural future.--From publisher description
Barrel of a pen : resistance to repression in neo-colonial Kenya by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

13 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writers in politics : a re-engagement with issues of literature and society by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 1997 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Globalectics : theory and the politics of knowing by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction: Riches of poor theory -- The English master and the colonial bondsman -- The education of the colonial bondsman -- Globalectics: reading the world in the postcolonial -- The oral native and the writing master: orature, orality, and cyborality
Detained : a writer's prison diary by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

18 editions published between 1981 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dreams in a time of war : a childhood memoir by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the story of the author's childhood, covering his early years in World War II-era Kenya as the fifth child of a third wife, his thirst for learning that singled him out, and the political struggles that shaped his life
In the house of the interpreter : a memoir by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the world-renowned Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright, and literary critic, the second volume of his memoirs, spanning 1955-1959, the author's high school years during the tumultuous Mau Mau Uprising. In the House of the Interpreter evokes a haunting childhood at the end of British colonial rule in Africa, and the formative experiences of a political dissident"--
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Writers in politics : a re-engagement with issues of literature and society
Alternative Names
ʾEngugi wā Teyongon 1938-

James Ngugi.

James Ngugi 1938-

Kūki vā Tivāṅkō 1938-

Ngugi, Džeimss 1938-

Ngugi, Džejms 1938-

Ngugi , James

Ngũgĩ, James 1938-

Ngugi , James Thiongʼo

Ngugi Thiongʼo 1938-

Ngugi va Thyongo

Ngugi va Thyongo 1938-

Ngugi va Tiongo

Ngugi Va Tkhiongo 1938-

Ngugi wa Thiiong'o 1938-

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o kenianischer Schriftsteller und Kulturwissenschaftler

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o kenyai író

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o kenyansk skribent

Ngūgī wa Thiong'o

Ngūgī wa Thiong'o 1938-...

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Kenyan writer

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o kenyansk författare

Ngugi wa Thiong'o poeta, scrittore e drammaturgo keniota

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o schrijver uit Kenia

Ngugi wa Tkhiongo

Ngugiwa Thiong'o

Ngũugĩ wa Thiongʼo

Thiongʾo, Ngũgĩ wa

Thiongʾo, Ngũgĩ wa, 1938-

Tivāṅkō, Kūki vā 1938-

Ungugi wa Sionggo

Ŭngugi wa Sionggo 1938-

vā Tivāṅkō, Kūki 1938-

Wa Thiong'o, Ngugi

wa Thiongʼo, Ngũgĩ 1938-

Ва Тхионго, Нгуги 1938-

Нгуги Ва Тхионго

Нгуги Ва Тхионго 1938-

Нгуги, Джеймс 1938-

Нгугі Ва Тхіонго

Тхионго, Нгуги Ва 1938-

נגוגי וה ת'יונגו 1938-

إنغوجي، جيمس، 1938-

نجوجى، جيمس ، 1938-

نجوجي واثيونغو، 1938-

نوجوجي، جيمس، 1938-

نگوگی وا تیونگو نویسنده اهل کنیا

وا ثيونغو، نجوجى، 1938-

واثيونغو، نجوجى، 1938-

واثيونغو، نغوجى، 1938-

واثيونغو، نغوغى، 1938-

নগুগি ওয়া থিয়োঙ্গ’ও

ਨਗੂਗੀ ਵਾ ਥਿਉਂਗੋ

நுகுகி வா தியங்கோ

ങ്ഗോഗെ വാ തിയോങ്ങോ

은구기 와 시옹고 1938-

은구기 와 씨옹고 1938-

응구기 와 시옹오

응구기 와 시옹오 1938-

응구기, 제임스 1938-

제임스 응구기 1938-

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Weep not, childPetals of bloodThe river betweenWizard of the crowDevil on the crossDecolonising the mind : the politics of language in African literatureThe black hermitSecret lives and other stories