Of Africa


Of Africa
Soyinka, Wole
Verlag: Yale University Press (2013)
Sprache: English, Deutsch
Gebunden, 224 S.
196 mm
ISBN-10: 0-300-14046-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-14046-0
KNV-Titelnr.: 38183014

Artikelnummer: AS9716372 Kategorie:


A member of the unique generation of African writers and intellectuals who came of age in the last days of colonialism, Wole Soyinka has witnessed the promise of independence and lived through postcolonial failure. He deeply comprehends the pressing problems of Africa, and, an irrepressible essayist and a staunch critic of the oppressive boot, he unhesitatingly speaks out. In this magnificent new work, Soyinka 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, Soyinka nevertheless refuses defeatism. With eloquence 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. Soyinka’s exploration of Africa relocates the continent in the reader’s imagination and maps a course toward an African future of peace and affirmation.

Über den Autor

Soyinka, Wole
Wole Soyinka wurde am 13. Juli 1934 in Abeokuta (Westnigeria) geboren. Er studierte Literatur in Ibadan und in Leeds, anschließend Dramaturgie am Royal Court Theatre in London. 1967 wurde er wegen seines Engagements im Biafra-Krieg verhaftet und 28 Monate lang in Isolationshaft gehalten. 1986 bekam Wole Soyinka als erster Afrikaner den Nobelpreis für Literatur und 2006 den Weilheimer Literaturpreis. 2008 wurde er mit dem “Markgräfin-Wilhelmine-Preis” der Stadt Bayreuth ausgezeichnet


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