Ake: The Years of Childhood

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Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
Vintage
Publish Date
Pages
240
Dimensions
5.16 X 0.63 X 8.14 inches | 0.56 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780679725404
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About the Author

Wole Soyinka is an internationally acclaimed playwright, poet, novelist, and critic, who served as professor of comparative literature at the University of Ife, Nigeria, until forced to flee the country during the regime of General Abacha in the 1990s. His books published in the U.S. include his Collected Plays and the memoir The Man Died: Prison Notes. Soyinka became the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. He is now Professor in Residence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

Reviews

"A lovely, magical book." --The Washington Post

"A brilliant imagist who uses poetry and drama to convey his inquisitiveness, frustration, and sense of wonder." --Newsweek

Brilliant. . . . Transcendant. . . . It locates the lost child in all of us, underneath language, inside sound and smell, wide-eyed, brave and flummoxed. . . . Soyinka belongs in the company of . . . V. S. Naipaul, V. S. Pritchett, and Vladimir Nabokov." --The New York Times

"A delightful memoir." --The Atlantic

"Unquestionably Africa's most versatile writer and arguably her finest. . . . Ake is a classic of African autobiography, indeed a classic of childhood memoirs wherever and whenever produced." --The New York Times Book Review