Birth of a Dream Weaver

Author: Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1620972670
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Birth of a Dream Weaver charts the very beginnings of a writer’s creative output. In this wonderful memoir, Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o recounts the four years he spent in Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda—threshold years where he found his voice as a playwright, journalist, and novelist, just as Uganda, Kenya, Congo, and other countries were in the final throes of their independence struggles. James Ngugi, as he was known then, is haunted by the emergency period of the previous decade in Kenya, when his friends and relatives were killed during the Mau Mau Rebellion. He is also haunted by the experience of his childhood in a polygamous family and the brave break his mother made from his father’s home. Accompanied by these ghosts, 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 both the birth of one of the most important living writers—lauded for his “epic imagination” (Los Angeles Times)—and the death of one of the most violent episodes in global history.

Der letzte Freund

Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3827077273
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Ali und Mamed freunden sich im kosmopolitischen Tanger der fünfziger Jahre an. Sie durchleben gemeinsam Schulzeit und politische Repression, retten einander das Leben im militärischen Erziehungslager. Die Freundschaft übersteht studien-, ehe- und berufsbedingte Trennungen. Drei Jahrzehnte lang. Bis der eine an Krebs erkrankt und sich vom anderen zurückzieht. Jeder der beiden Freunde erzählt seine Version der Geschichte, und es ist, als hätten sie nicht dieselbe erlebt.

Die Caprice der K nigin

Author: Jean Echenoz
Publisher: Hanser Berlin
ISBN: 3446252177
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Nach seinem hochgelobten Roman "14" legt Jean Echenoz, der eleganteste und subversivste Autor der Gegenwartsliteratur in Frankreich, nun funkelnde, hochkonzentrierte Kurzprosa vor. Der alte Lord Nelson pflanzt eigenhändig Eichen, er, der stets unter Seekrankheit litt, möchte sicherstellen: Seine letzte Ruhestätte soll nicht das Meer sein. In einem Schnapsfass wird dereinst sein Leichnam an Land geschafft werden. Dieses Heldenleben auf sagenhaften sechs Seiten ist der Auftakt der sieben Texte, die an sieben Erzählorten spielen – von Suffolk über das antike Babylon bis zu Le Bourget, einem Vorort von Paris. Sie eint der unverwechselbare Echenoz’sche Ton und die Aura von Nonchalance und Ironie, die alle seine Texte umgibt.

Petals of Blood

Author: Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473549884
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After decades of British rule Kenya has declared its independence, but drought and poor harvests still govern the village of Ilmorog. Undeterred, Munira, Karega, Wanja and Abdulla each move to Ilmorog in search of a more provincial life, only to find themselves suspects in a crime that signals a dark turning of the times. A classic of modern African literature, Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s damning satire of politics and corruption in Kenya would prove the catalyst for his imprisonment by the Kenyan government.

Secret Lives Other Stories

Author: Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473549892
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Ngugi wa Thiong'o is renowned for his political novels and plays, yet he honed his craft as a short story writer. First published in 1975, Secret Lives and Other Stories brings together a range of Ngugi's political short stories. From tales of the meeting between magic and superstition, to stories about the modernising forces of colonialism, and the pervasive threat of nature, this collection celebrates the storytelling might of one of Africa's best-loved writers.

Das Erwachen der Se orita Prim

Author: Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera
Publisher: Piper Verlag
ISBN: 3492965156
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Angelockt durch eine ungewöhnliche Stellenanzeige kommt Prudencia Prim, eine unabhängige, gebildete, moderne und mit zahlreichen Titeln versehene junge Frau in San Ireneo de Arnois an, um dort »einem höflichen Mann und seinen Büchern als Bibliothekarin zu Seite zu stehen«. Zwar hat Prudencia Prim, die Bücher liebt und selbst auf der Flucht ist vor dem Getöse der Welt, das gute Gefühl, dass dies der Tag ist, auf den sie ihr Leben lang gewartet hat. Doch wie nachhaltig sich ihr Leben verändern wird, weiß sie nicht. Denn in San Ireneo ist nichts, wie es scheint ... Das Erwachen der Señorita Prim erzählt die wundersame Geschichte eines kleinen Dorfes, das der modernen Welt den Rücken gekehrt hat und wieder zu den essentiellen Dingen zurückgekehrt ist. Ein außergewöhnlicher Roman, eine ganz bezaubernde und kluge Geschichte über Zeit und alte Werte, Literatur, Freundschaft und vor allem Liebe.

Out of Context

Author: Michaela Bronstein
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190655399
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How do novels travel through time? How might they endure in a changing world and reach the readers of an unknowable future? Modernist writers were eager to think of their books as reaching audiences they could not yet imagine. In recent years however, scholars of modernism have focused on pinning them down: putting these books in their context and these authors in their place. By looking to the future, scholars fear that looking to the future will make literature disengaged, irresponsible, or apolitical; the worry is that literature cannot escape its own moment without also evading the hard truths of history. Out of Context suggests an alternative to this scholarship, proposing that literature travels through time not by transcending history, but by adapting to historical change. The chapters of this book each pair a modernist author with a later reader. In each case, this future reader is also a novelist--someone who reads with an eye to form and craft, and who puts what they see to new use in their own novels. James Baldwin adapts Henry James's modes of characterization; Ngugi wa Thiong'o repurposes Joseph Conrad's nonchronological narratives; and Ken Kesey builds on William Faulkner's use of multiple perspectives. Reading the modernists through these authors' eyes offers a different perspective on them. Literary forms, in this history, do not have intrinsic political meanings; they have a multitude of political uses. Rather than see modernist literary form, in all its fragmentation and complexity, as a source of disruption and doubt, these later authors use modernist forms to distill doubts into conviction. The experiments of modernist fiction stand revealed as tools not of political critique but of political commitment.