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Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer's Awakening

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Title: Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer's Awakening
Author: Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
ISBN: 9781620976302
Publisher: The New Press
Published: 2020
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: New
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Memoir 1332649

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From one of the world's greatest writers, the story of how the author found his voice as a novelist at Makerere University in Uganda as a student

In this acclaimed memoir, Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o recounts the four years he spent at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda--crucial years during which he found his voice as a journalist, short story writer, playwright, and novelist just as colonial empires were crumbling and new nations were being born--under the shadow of the rivalries, intrigues, and assassinations of the Cold War.

Haunted by the memories of the carnage and mass incarceration carried out by the British colonial-settler state in his native Kenya but inspired by the titanic struggle against it, Ngũgĩ, then known as James Ngugi, begins to weave stories from the fibers of memory, history, and a shockingly vibrant and turbulent present.

What unfolds in this moving and thought-provoking memoir is simultaneously the birth of one of the most important living writers--lauded for his epic imagination (Los Angeles Times)--the death of one of the most violent episodes in global history, and the emergence of new histories and nations with uncertain futures.