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Barack Obama, via Facebook: "A compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships." The Nobel Prize-nominated Kenyan writer's best-known novel Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952-1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and…mehr

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Barack Obama, via Facebook: "A compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships." The Nobel Prize-nominated Kenyan writer's best-known novel Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952-1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Penguin LCC US
  • Seitenzahl: 272
  • Erscheinungstermin: 27. März 2013
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 195mm x 130mm x 20mm
  • Gewicht: 221g
  • ISBN-13: 9780143106760
  • ISBN-10: 0143106767
  • Artikelnr.: 34553247
Autorenporträt
Thiong'o, Ng_g_ waNg_g_ wa Thiong'o wurde 1938 als Sohn einer traditionellen Bauernfamilie in Kenia geboren. Nach dem Besuch einer Missionsschule studierte er am Makerere University College in Kampala, Uganda, und an der University of Leeds in Großbritannien. 1977 wurde er wegen eines Theaterstücks in Kenia verhaftet und ohne Anklage für ein Jahr inhaftiert. 1982 musste er sein Heimatland verlassen, ging zunächst ins Exil nach London und schließlich in die USA. Mit seinem umfangreichen Romanwerk und seinen politischen Essays zählt er heute zu den bedeutendsten Schriftstellern Afrikas. 2019 wurde er mit dem Erich-Maria-Remarque-Friedenspreis der Stadt Osnabrück ausgezeichnet. Ng_g_ wa Thiong'o lebt in Kalifornien, wo er an der University of California in Irvine lehrt.