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Soyinka, Wole

Works: 1,005 works in 3,217 publications in 11 languages and 63,779 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Poetry  Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc  Personal narratives  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Translator, Author of introduction, Editor, Contributor, Other, Narrator, Director, Honoree, Correspondent, Author of screenplay, Producer, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PR9387.9.S6, 822
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Death and the king's horseman by Wole Soyinka( Book )

76 editions published between 1975 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tragedy based on events of 1946 in ancient Yoruba City. English colonial officers intervene to prevent ritual suicide of Yoruba chief. (Play ; choral speaking. 5 acts, 9 men, 3 women, extras, 1 setting)
The interpreters by Wole Soyinka( Book )

144 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,803 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a gorup of young Nigerian intellectuals living in Lagos and trying to come to grips with themselves and their changing country
Myth, literature, and the African world by Wole Soyinka( Book )

57 editions published between 1976 and 2005 in English and held by 1,662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected plays by Wole Soyinka( Book )

65 editions published between 1971 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 1,586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, this Nigerian poet, playwright, and novelist writes of the rich cultural traditions as well as the hopes and frustrations of black Africa. This two-volume collection of his plays includes A Dance of the Forests, The Swamp Dwellers, The Strong Breed, The Road, and The Bacchae of Euripides in the first volume, and The Lion and the Jewel, Kongi's Harvest, The Trials of Brother Jero, Jero's Metamorphosis, and Madmen and Specialists in the second volume. --Publisher
The burden of memory, the muse of forgiveness by Wole Soyinka( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once repression stops, is reconciliation between oppressor and victim possible? In the face of centuries long devastions wrought on the African continent and her Diaspora by slavery, colonialism, Apartheid, and the manifold faces of racism, what form of recompense could possibly be adequate?"--Jacket
Mandela's earth and other poems by Wole Soyinka( Book )

29 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Idanre & other poems by Wole Soyinka( Book )

46 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,001 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A selection of poetry discussing political tensions and Africa's cultural traditions also includes an adaptation of the creation myth of Ogun, the Yoruba God of Iron
Poems of Black Africa by Wole Soyinka( Book )

40 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madmen and specialists, a play by Wole Soyinka( Book )

35 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in 1971, Madmen and Specialists is one of Soyinka's most excoriating portrayals of abusers and abused in the new Nigeria ushered in by Biafra and the civil war of 1967-70. Set in the "surgery" of a doctor, the play is populated by mendicants and the "insane," all fodder for "experimentation" by a shape-shifting doctor whose experiments may be more sinister than they at first appear
Art, dialogue, and outrage : essays on literature and culture by Wole Soyinka( Book )

31 editions published between 1988 and 1994 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By "unquestionably Africa's most versatile writer and arguably her finest" (New York Times), Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, Art, Dialogue, and Outrage is a fierce and provocative contribution to the debate on multi-culturalism. This volume brings together nineteen iconoclastic essays from the past twenty-five years on African, European, and American literature, culture, and politics - many of which are published here for the first time. Whether he is discoursing on the idea of "negritude" in "From a Common Backcloth: A Reassessment of the African Literary Image" or on protest literature in "The Writer in a Modern African State"; debunking the orthodoxies of contemporary literary criticism in "The Critic and Society: Barthes, Leftocracy and Other Mythologies"; offering surprising readings of Shakespeare and Aristophanes; expounding on the tragedy of "the recurrent cycle of human stupidity"; skewering intellectual demigods or his own critics, Soyinka is never less than profound and incisive. Art, Dialogue, and Outrage gives a startling vision of culture in our times
The Bacchae of Euripides: a communion rite by Wole Soyinka( Book )

22 editions published between 1973 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The lion and the jewel; [play] by Wole Soyinka( Book )

81 editions published between 1962 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play "is set in the Yoruba village of Ilunjinle. The main characters are Sidi (the Jewel), 'a true village belle' and Baroka (the Lion), the crafty and powerful Bale of the village, Lakunle, the young teacher, influenced by western ways, and Sadiku, the eldest of Baroka's wives. How the Lion hunts the Jewel is the theme of this ribald comedy."--Jacket
Of Africa by Wole Soyinka( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, the author has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure. He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, as an irrepressible essayist and a staunch critic of the oppressive boot, he unhesitatingly speaks out. In this work, he offers a wide-ranging inquiry into Africa's culture, religion, history, imagination, and identity. He seeks to understand how the continent's history is entwined with the histories of others, while exploring Africa's 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 Africa's most challenging issues, he nevertheless refuses defeatism. In this work 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. His exploration of Africa relocates the continent in the reader's imagination and maps a course toward an African future of peace and affirmation
A shuttle in the crypt by Wole Soyinka( Book )

34 editions published between 1972 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dance of the forest by Wole Soyinka( Book )

61 editions published between 1963 and 1993 in English and French and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The road; [a play] by Wole Soyinka( Book )

48 editions published between 1965 and 2000 in 4 languages and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse: Personnages : 8 hommes, des figurants
Kongi's Harvest by Wole Soyinka( Book )

41 editions published between 1966 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Season of anomy A novel by Wole Soyinka( Book )

62 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman inspiré par les événements du Biafra, les exactions politiques et militaires du Nigeria. Par le prix Nobel de littérature 1986
Three short plays; The swamp dwellers, The trials of Brother Jero, The strong breed by Wole Soyinka( Book )

21 editions published between 1969 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forest of a thousand daemons : a hunter's saga by D. O Fagunwa( Book )

32 editions published between 1932 and 1983 in English and held by 616 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first novel written in the Yoruba language and one of the first to be written in any African language
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Collected plays
Alternative Names
Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka

Shoĭinka, Vole

Shoĭinka, Vole 1934-

Šoinka, Vole 1934-

Soyinka, Akinwande O. 1934-

Soyinka, Akinwande Oluwole.

Soyinka, Akinwande Oluwole 1934-

Soyinka, W. 1934-

Soyinka, Wole

Soyinka, Wole 1934-

Vole Šojinka

Vole Şoyinka

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka dramaturg, prozaik i poeta nigeryjski, noblista

Wole Soyinka drammaturgo, poeta e scrittore nigeriano

Wole Soyinka écrivain nigérian

Wole Soyinka escriptor nigerià

Wole Soyinka escritor nigeriano

Wole Soyinka escritor nixeriano

Wole Soyinka nigerianischer Schriftsteller

Wole Soyinka Nigeriano a mannurat, mannaniw ken dramaturgo

Wole Soyinka toneelschrijver uit Nigeria

Wolei Suoyinka

Ουόλε Σογίνκα

Воле Сојинка

Воле Шайінка

Воле Шойинка

Воле Шоїнка

Воле Шојинка нигериски писател

Уоле Шоинка

Шoйинка Вoлe

Шойинка, Акинванде Воле Бабатунде

Шойинка, Воле

Վոլե Շոյնիկա

וולה סויינקה סופר ניגרי

سوينكا، وول، 1934-

شوينكا، وولي

شوينكا، وولي، 1934-

وله سوینکا

وو ل سوینکا

وول سوینکا

وول شوينكا، 1934-

وولي سوينكا كاتب نيجيري

वोले शोयिंका

ওলে সোয়েনকা নাইজেরীয় লেখক

ਬੋਲੇ ਸੋਇੰਕਾ

வோல் சொயிங்கா

വോൾ സോയിങ്ക

소인카, 올레 1934-

소잉카, 아킨완데 올루월레 1934-

소잉카, 울레 1934-

소잉카, 월레 1934-

월레 소잉카

ዎሌ ሾይንካ


ショインカ, ウォレ


The interpretersMyth, literature, and the African worldCollected playsThe burden of memory, the muse of forgivenessIdanre & other poemsPoems of Black AfricaMadmen and specialists, a playThe Bacchae of Euripides: a communion rite