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You Must Set Forth at Dawn

A Memoir

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Publisher: Random House USA Inc

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 499 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 037550365X | Isbn-13: 9780375503658 | Publish date: 

Also available as: Paperback

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Book Description
The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile from) his beloved, beleaguered homeland.
In the tough, humane, and lyrical language that has typified his plays and novels, Soyinka captures the indomitable spirit of Nigeria itself by bringing to life the friends and family who bolstered and inspired him, and by describing the pioneering theater works that defied censure and tradition. Soyinka not only recounts his exile and the terrible reign of General Sani Abacha, but shares vivid memories and playful anecdotes–including his improbable friendship with a prominent Nigerian businessman and the time he smuggled a frozen wildcat into America so that his students could experience a proper Nigerian barbecue.
More than a major figure in the world of literature, Wole Soyinka is a courageous voice for human rights, democracy, and freedom. You Must Set Forth at Dawn is an intimate chronicle of his thrilling public life, a meditation on justice and tyranny, and a mesmerizing testament to a ravaged yet hopeful land.
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    I have read two of Wole Soyinka's biographical works so far, and they are wonderful portraits of Mr. Soyinka as a writer, a political activist, and a human being. I don't think I have ever read books that so much conveyed the author's wit, zest, and love for life and for mankind, even in the face ...continue

    I have read two of Wole Soyinka's biographical works so far, and they are wonderful portraits of Mr. Soyinka as a writer, a political activist, and a human being. I don't think I have ever read books that so much conveyed the author's wit, zest, and love for life and for mankind, even in the face of atrocities that would make lesser men lose heart. I recommend "You Must Set Forth..." as highly as I can recommend any book.

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