The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ And Mũmbi


Product Details

$23.99  $22.07
New Press
Publish Date
October 06, 2020
4.5 X 7.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

One of the leading writers and scholars at work today, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938. He is the author of A Grain of Wheat; Weep Not, Child; and Petals of Blood, as well as Birth of a Dream Weaver, Wrestling with the Devil, Minutes of Glory, and The Perfect Nine (all from The New Press). Currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine, Ngũgĩ is the recipient of twelve honorary doctorates, among other awards, and has been nominated for the Man Booker International Prize.


Praise for The Perfect Nine:
"Unfolding in wry and lyrical verse, The Perfect Nine tells a Homeric odyssey of the creation of the entire Gĩkũyũ people--a creationist myth, an adventure tale, and a family story, wherein the wives do not simply wait at home."
--Literary Hub

"Essential reading and especially vital for our times. . . . Emphasizing fundamental cycles of birth, life, love, and death, this tale is centered on the Gĩkũyũ but connected to all of us and our humanity, a story to be told and retold, as it has been in various forms, for generations."
--Booklist (starred review)

"[The Perfect Nine] departs from the sprawl of his past novels into an engaging if slight lyrical epic. Combining Homeric verse with oral storytelling tropes--choruses, chants, songs--he retells the origin myth of the Gĩkũyũ, Kenya's largest tribe. . . . Thiong'o's fans will appreciate this."
--Publishers Weekly