184pp., paperback, Woodbridge, 1993
"The compelling emotional force of this book emerges from Ngugi's convincing emphasis on a truly universal human culture and his continuing ability to personalize large political issues and to persuasively politicize his own personal experiences". Choice
"... the poet or storyteller, he argues, cannot perform his function within his own society unless he shares and enriches its tongue. The Kenyan government only moved decisively against him when he began to do precisely that, first imprisoning him, then driving him into exile." Gerald Moore, Le Monde Diplomatique
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938. He is the author of A Grain of Wheat, Weep Not, Child, Petals of Blood, Birth of a Dream Weaver, Wrestling with the Devil and Minutes of Glory. He is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.