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Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo 1938-

Works: 676 works in 2,351 publications in 13 languages and 46,968 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Political fiction  History  Autobiographies  Drama  Short stories  Satire  Satirical literature 
Roles: Author, Translator, wpr, Author of introduction, Other, Author of screenplay, Creator, Interviewee, Honoree
Classifications: PR9381.9.N45, 823
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A grain of wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

137 editions published between 1967 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,161 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 )

135 editions published between 1964 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 1,998 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"--Page 4 of cover
The river between by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

114 editions published between 1965 and 2019 in 6 languages and held by 1,878 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
Petals of blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

73 editions published between 1977 and 2018 in English and French and held by 1,766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amid national turmoil, four suspects are placed in detention after a terrible murder in the Kenyan village of Ilmorog
Minutes of glory : and other stories by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

49 editions published between 1975 and 2019 in English and German and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, although renowned for his novels, memoirs, and plays, honed his craft as a short story writer. From "The Fig Tree," written in 1960, his first year as an undergraduate at Makerere University College in Uganda, to the playful "The Ghost of Michael Jackson," written as a professor at the University of California, Irvine, these collected stories reveal a master of the short form. Covering the period of British colonial rule and resistance in Kenya to the bittersweet experience of independence--and including two stories that have never before been published in the United States-- Ngũgĩ's collection features women fighting for their space in a patriarchal society, big men in their Bentleys who have inherited power from the British, and rebels who still embody the fighting spirit of the downtrodden. One of Ngũgĩ's most beloved stories, "Minutes of Glory," tells of Beatrice, a sad but ambitious waitress who fantasizes about being feted and lauded over by the middle-class clientele in the city's beer halls. Her dream leads her on a witty and heartbreaking adventure. Published for the first time in America, Minutes of Glory and Other Stories is a major literary event that celebrates the storytelling might of one of Africa's best-loved writers. -- Provided by publisher
Devil on the cross by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

65 editions published between 1978 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,300 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
Globalectics : theory and the politics of knowing by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A masterful writer working in many genres, Ngugi wa Thiong'o entered the East African literary scene in 1962 with the performance of his first major play, The Black Hermit, at the National Theatre in Uganda. In 1977 he was imprisoned after his most controversial work, Ngaahika Ndeenda (I Will Marry When I Want), produced in Nairobi, sharply criticized the injustices of Kenyan society and unequivocally championed the causes of ordinary citizens. Following his release, Ngugi decided to write only in his native Gikuyu, communicating with Kenyans in one of the many languages of their daily lives, and today he is known as one of the most outspoken intellectuals working in postcolonial theory and the global postcolonial movement. In this volume, Ngugi wa Thiong'o summarizes and develops a cross-section of the issues he has grappled with in his work, which deploys a strategy of imagery, language, folklore, and character to "decolonize the mind." Ngugi confronts the politics of language in African writing; the problem of linguistic imperialism and literature's ability to resist it; the difficult balance between orality, or "orature," and writing, or "literature"; the tension between national and world literature; and the role of the literary curriculum in both reaffirming and undermining the dominance of the Western canon. Throughout, he engages a range of philosophers and theorists writing on power and postcolonial creativity, including Hegel, Marx, Levi-Strauss, and Aime Cesaire. Yet his explorations remain grounded in his own experiences with literature (and orature) and reworks the difficult dialectics of theory into richly evocative prose
Something torn and new : an African renaissance by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 1,237 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
Decolonising the mind : the politics of language in African literature by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

56 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Afro-European"--The literature written by Africans in European languages - may come to be seen as part and parcel of the uneasy period between colonialism and full independence, a period equally reflected in the continent's political instability. This book presents the arguments for using African language and forms
Wizard of the crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

39 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and held by 1,142 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
Homecoming: essays on African and Caribbean literature, culture and politics by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

33 editions published between 1972 and 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dedan Kimathi on trial : colonial justice and popular memory in Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion by Willy Mutunga( )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dedan Kimathi embodied the ambiguities, colonial fears, and collective imaginations of Kenya's decolonization era. The self-identified field marshal of the Mau Mau rebellion, Kimathi personified many of the contradictions Mau Mau represented: rebel statesman, literate peasant, modern traditionalist. His capture and trial in 1956, and subsequent execution, for many marked the end of the rebellion and turned Kimathi into a martyr. Dedan Kimathi on Trial unearths a piece of the colonial archive long thought lost, hidden, or destroyed. This landmark publication of the entire trial transcript unsettles an already contentious history and prompts fresh examinations of its reverberations in the present. This critical edition also includes provocative contributions from leading Mau Mau scholars on such topics as the nature of colonial justice; the moral arguments over rebellion, nationalism, and the end of empire; and the complexities of memory and memorialization in contemporary Kenya. Book jacket
The black hermit by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

50 editions published between 1968 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 817 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?
African short stories( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories by African writers which deal with life and customs in African society
Matigari by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

21 editions published between 1987 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lyrical and hilarious in turn, Matigari is a memorable satire on the betrayal of human ideals and on the bitter experience of post-independence African society"--Publisher's blurb
Moving the centre : the struggle for cultural freedoms by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ngugi argues that 'Culture is the product of a people's history. But it also reflects that history, and embodies a whole set of values by which a people view themselves and their place in time and space.'" "Developments in the last four hundred years have led to a situation where world cultures have been dominated by a handful of western nations. The West came to see itself as the centre of the universe. Cultural power, just as much as political and economic power, was controlled at the centre." "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." "Ngugi believes that moving the centre in these ways is a crucial step in the struggle for true cultural freedoms throughout the world, in order to correct the imbalances of the last four hundred years of Eurocentric domination."--Jacket
The trial of Dedan Kimathi by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

32 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in English and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De leider van de Mau Mau opstand tegen de Britse koloniale bezettingsmacht van Kenya wordt ter dood veroordeeld
I will marry when I want by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

28 editions published between 1980 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A play about a Kenyan farm laborer, Kiguunda, his wife Wangeci, and their efforts to protect the small bit of land they own from imperialists who want to buy it and build an insecticide factory on it
Penpoints, gunpoints, and dreams : toward a critical theory of the arts and the state in Africa by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2003 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Met lit. opg. - Met reg. The author explores the relationship between art and political power in society, taking as a starting point the experience of writers in contemporary Africa, where they are often seen as the enemy of the postcolonial state
Barrel of a pen : resistance to repression in neo-colonial Kenya by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

16 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Decolonising the mind : the politics of language in African literature
Weep not, childThe river betweenPetals of bloodMinutes of glory : and other storiesDevil on the crossSomething torn and new : an African renaissanceDecolonising the mind : the politics of language in African literatureWizard of the crow
Alternative Names
ʾEngugi wā Teyongon 1938-

Eunggugi wa Siongo

Eunggugi wa Siongo 1938-

James Ngugi.

James Ngugi 1938-

Kūki vā Tivāṅkō 1938-

Ngugi, Džeimss 1938-

Ngugi, Džejms 1938-

Ngugi , James

Ngũgĩ, James 1938-

Ngugi , James Thiongʼo

Ngũgĩ Thiong'o

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 1938-

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o kenianischer Schriftsteller und Kulturwissenschaftler

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o kenyai író

Ngugi wa Thiong’o Kenyan writer

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o kenyansk skribent

Ngūgī wa Thiong'o

Ngũgĩ, Wa Thiong'o 1938-

Ngugi wa Thiong'o écrivain kenyan

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o escriptor kenyà

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o escritor keniano

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o escritor kenianu

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o escritor kenyano

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Keenia kirjanik

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o kenialainen kirjailija

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o keňský spisovatel

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o Kenyalı yazar

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o kenyansk författare

Ngugi wa Thiong'o poeta, scrittore e drammaturgo keniota

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o schrijver uit Kenia

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o scríbhneoir Céiniach

Ngugi wa Thiong'o scriitor kenyan

Ngugi wa Tkhiongo

Ngugiwa Thiong'o

Ngũugĩ wa Thiongʼo

Thiong’o, Ngũgĩ wa 1938-

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, Ngũgĩ

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-

נגוגי וה ת'יונגו סופר קנייתי

إنغوجي، جيمس، 1938-

نجوجى، جيمس ، 1938-

نجوجي واثيونغو، 1938-

نغوغي وا ثيونغو كاتب كيني

نقوقی وا تیونقو

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

নগুগি ওয়া থিয়োঙ্গ’ও কেনীয় লেখক

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 와 티옹오 1938-

응구기, 제임스 1938-

제임스 응구기 1938-

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