Wizard of the Crow

Wizard of the Crow

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
From the exiled Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet, and literary critic--a magisterial comic novel that is certain to take its place as a landmark of postcolonial African literature.

In exile now for more than twenty years, Ngugl wa Thiong’o has become one of the most widely read African writers of our time, the power and scope of his work garnering him international attention and praise. His aim in Wizard of the Crow is, in his own words,nothing less than “to sum up Africa of the twentieth century in the context of two thousand years of world history.”

Commencing in “our times” and set in the “Free Republic of Aburlria,” the novel dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburlrian people. Among the contenders: His High Mighty Excellency; the eponymous Wizard, an avatar of folklore and wisdom; the corrupt Christian Ministry; and the nefarious Global Bank. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, Wizard of the Crow reveals humanity in all its endlessly surprising complexity.

Informed by richly enigmatic traditional African storytelling, Wizard of the Crow is a masterpiece, the crowning achievement in Ngugl wa Thiong’o’s career thus far.

Baker & Taylor
Bringing together the individual stories of characters both powerful and ordinary, the exiled Kenyan novelist and author of Petals of Blood creates a kaleidoscopic portrait of postcolonial Africa in the twentieth century in a novel set in the Free Republic of Aburiria. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Commencing in "our times" and set in the "Free Republic of Aburlria," this novel dramatizes with humor and keenness of observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburlrian people. Among the contenders: His High Mighty Excellency; the eponymous Wizard, an avatar of folklore and wisdom; the corrupt Christian Ministry; and the nefarious Global Bank. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a mosaic, Wizard of the Crow reveals humanity in all its endlessly surprising complexity.

Baker
& Taylor

The individual stories of characters both powerful and ordinary create a kaleidoscopic portrait of postcolonial Africa in the twentieth century, in a novel set in the Free Republic of Aburäiria.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375422485
037542248X
Branch Call Number: FICTION NG-UG-I WA THIONGOO
Characteristics: 768 p. ; 25 cm

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