9780465009466

Something Torn and New

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465009466

  • ISBN10:

    0465009468

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-23
  • Publisher: Basic Civitas Books
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Summary

Novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been a force in African literature for decades: Since the 1970s, when he gave up the English language to commit himself to writing in African languages, his foremost concern has been the critical importance of language to culture. InSomething Torn and New, Ngugi explores Africa's historical, economic, and cultural fragmentation by slavery, colonialism, and globalization. Throughout this tragic history, a constant and irrepressible force was Europhonism: the replacement of native names, languages, and identities with European ones. The result was the dismemberment of African memory.Seeking to remember language in order to revitalize it, Ngugi's quest is for wholeness. Wide-ranging, erudite, and hopeful,Something Torn and Newis acri de coeurto save Africa's cultural future.

Author Biography

Ngugi wa Thiong'o is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine.

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