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Wole Soyinka: You Must Set Forth at Dawn – A Memoir

Thursday, July 29th 2010 at 5:30 PM

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29 July 2010 @ 5.30 for 6pm

Wole Soyinka: You Must Set Forth at Dawn – A Memoir
In this engrossing follow-up to his acclaimed childhood memoir, Aké, the Nigerian poet, playwright and Nobel laureate demonstrates what it means to be a public intellectual. Soyinka revisits a tumultuous life of writing and political activism, from his student days in Britain through his struggles, sometimes from prison or exile, against a succession of Nigerian dictatorships. Soyinka is on a first-name basis with almost every major Nigerian figure and he’s sometimes involved in high-level intrigues; his chronicle of political turmoil is very personal, full of sharply drawn sketches of comrades and foes, and emphatic rejoinders to critics. His novelistic eyewitness accounts of repression and upheaval widen out from time to time to survey the humiliation and corruption of Nigerian society under military rule. Soyinka includes recollections of friends and family, of sojourns abroad with W.H. Auden and other luminaries, and of stage triumphs and fiascoes. His lyrical evocations of African landscapes, the urban nightmare of Lagos, the horrors of British cuisine and the longing a dusty fugitive feels for a cold beer both entertains and educates. By turns panoramic and intimate, ruminative and politically resolute, Soyinka’s memoir is a beautiful and intriguing conversation between a writer and his times.
Wole Soyinka will be in conversation with his publisher, Becky Clarke.
Published by Book Promotions.