Ngugi wa Thiongo Coming to Sweden: 21st March 2013 at Kultuhuset, Stockholm: 19hrs
Several of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s novels, including his first book Weep Not, Child, and the ensuing A Grain of Wheat and Petals of Blood, portray the history of the Kikuyu people, from pre-colonial times to the present day.
In the late 1970s, he changed his name from James Ngugi and stopped writing in English. From then on, all his novels were in Kikuyu, which was regarded as a political provocation in his homeland. After several prison terms, he was forced into exile in 1982 and now lives in California, USA, where he has a professorship and is head of the International Center for Writing and Translating.
It is hardly surprising that he has featured constantly in the nomination discussions for Nobel Laureates in literature in recent years.
Petals of Blood, considered by many to be one of the most important novels written on the African continent, was republished in 2012 in a revised Swedish translation by Jan Ristarp (En Blomma av Blod). Nigugi’s painful experiences of colonialism and his exile have led to his becoming one of the most political authors of his generation.
In 2012, Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir was also published in Swedish (translated by Jan Ristarp)
“Dreams in a Time of War can easily be used as a superior history book. Perhaps even as compulsory reading in Swedish basic school?”
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