Ake : The Years of Childhood (Paperback)

Author: Soyinka, Wole

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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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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679725404
SKU 30117958
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0679725407
Release Date 10/1/1989
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.75T
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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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Editors Note 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
Annotation 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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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0240
Publisher Vintage Books

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