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Ake The Years of Childhood (Paperback)

Author:  Wole Soyinka
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679725407
ISBN-13: 9780679725404
Sku: 30117958
Publish Date: 10/1/1989
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  240
 
The Nigerian playwrite, poet, and novelist recounts his first eleven years growing up under the influence of his parents, traditional Yoruba customs, and Christian missionaries *Author: Soyinka, Wole *Series Title: Vintage International *Subtitle: The Years of Childhood *Publication Date: 1989/10/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25
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AKE is the first volume of Wole Soyinka's acclaimed series of autobiographical works. This vivid, exuberant book is Soyinka's record of his childhood in colonial Nigeria. In rich and evocative prose he tells the tales of his schooldays and adventures in a captivating narrative, sometimes recollecting fears and dangers but always sensitive to the surprises of childhood life. His days were full of discoveries, excitements, the presence of spirits and the tribal rituals of his colourful family...
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Nobel Prize-winning writer Wole Soyinka's memoir of his childhood years in Nigeria brilliantly succeeds as both an insightful study of the social history of a troubled region and a poignant ode to the righteous innocence of youth. Writing from a child's perspective, Soyinka vividly invokes the idealism of his youth, which is gradually eroded by his exposure to the cruelty of colonialism. He aptly employs the knowledge and influences which he acquired through his colonialist education, including Christian religious doctrine and Western philosophy, as precise weapons to dissect and destroy their principles of repression.
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Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka was educated at the universities of Ibadan and Leeds, England. After he received his Ph.D. in 1973, he spent two years as a dramaturge at the Royal Court Theatre, then returned to Nigeria to teach. He also founded the 1960 Masks, a theater group. In 1986 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, the first African to win the award. Soyinka has been imprisoned many times for his outspoken denunciation of Nigeria's late dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, and his regime's human rights abuses. In 1994 he went into exile after learning that Nigerian authorities sought his arrest him for speaking against their military rule. In October 1998 he returned to Nigeria under police guard.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0240
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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