Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s main feature, as a writer, is his unerring commitment to wrench power from exploiters to hand it back to the masses. His only means, in that struggle, is his pen, with limitless dedication to the cause of his people. His writings – novels as well as plays and non-fiction works – display a set of strategies through which he fights against neo-colonialism and imperialism, against both local and foreign dominants. This work is an exploration of his use of the metaphor of the “barrel of a pen” to shoot at the guilt. In smartly setting characters who stand for both sides – the side of the exploiter, and that of the exploited –, by also deeply delving into African traditions as an endless source of inspiration, and by inciting the grassroots to a revolt against the system in order to bring about a revolution, the writer willingly ‘aims’ the ‘barrel’ of his pen at the system and its upholders. This book will be of much help to anyone doing research in African post-independence literature, especially with topics related to African writers’ disenchantment, mismanagement of natural resources, or exploitative policies unfairly set up by wily and unfitting African leaders.
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Edouard Diouf studied at Gaston Berger University, Saint-Louis (Sénégal) where he got his Master’s degree in African literature (he wrote on the novels of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o), and his Doctorate in Comparative literature (African and Caribbean), written on the novels of Maryse Condé, Buchi Emecheta, Ahmadou Kourouma and Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul.
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Book Description LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2016. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand for shipment within 3 working days. Bookseller Inventory # LP9783659912740