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Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth Wole Soyinka

Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth By Wole Soyinka

Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka


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Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka

PRAISE FOR WOLE SOYINKA: You don't see the things the same when you encounter a voice like that - Toni Morrison One of the best there is today, a poet and a thinker, who knows both how the world works and how the world should work - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie A towering figure in world literature, Wole Soyinka aims directly at the corridors of power as he warns against corruption both of high office and of the soul, with a dazzling lightness of touch and gleeful irreverence. Much to Doctor Menka's horror, some cunning entrepreneur has decided to sell body parts from his hospital for use in ritualistic practices. Already at the end of his tether from the horrors he routinely sees in surgery, he shares this latest development with his oldest college friend, bon viveur, star engineer and Yoruba royal, Duyole Pitan-Payne, who has never before met a puzzle he couldn't solve. Neither realise how close the enemy is, nor how powerful. Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth is at once a savagely witty whodunit, a scathing indictment of Nigeria's political elite, and a provocative call to arms from one of the country's most relentless political activists and an international literary giant.

Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth Reviews

This is an extraordinary novel that is both in and of Nigeria. It contains elements of Yoruba culture and, in the middle of it all, is a gourd full of satire, humor and pathos. It is a chronicle of human folly among the happiest people on earth. The writing alone is a wonder and a fitting coda for the career of this great writer * New York Journal of Books *
Inspiring and original ... Soyinka's analysis of the 20th century problem of memory and forgiveness in the African world is both timely and important. Soyinka's analysis of the problem is an initial volley in what will surely become a 21st century debate * New York Times Book Review *
With caustic wit, Soyinka's carnivalesque depictions of venality ferret out hypocrisy from behind its elaborate guises and condemn crimes that challenge the collective notion of soul. * New Yorker *
Swaggering and scabrous, at once a verbal spree and a fierce assault on totalitarianism * Observer *
PRAISE FOR WOLE SOYINKA: You don't see things the same when you encounter a voice like that. * Toni Morrison *
He is one of the best there is today, a poet and thinker who knows both how the world actually works and how the world should work. * Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie *
Wole Soyinka is a giant of modern literature. * Robert McFarlane *
To have contained in the body of his work the fullness of individual vision, the potency of myth, the corruptions of power, and the misery of the oppressed, is a rare feat. * Ben Okri *

About Wole Soyinka

Born in Nigeria in 1934, Wole Soyinka is an author, playwright, poet and political activist. His prolific body of work includes debut novel The Interpreters and play Death and the King's Horseman. Soyinka fought in the Nigerian war of independence and has subsequently been one of greatest critics of the Nigerian government. Twice jailed, he wrote part of his memoir on toilet paper in solitary confinement. A staunch critic of corrupt, authoritarian regimes everywhere, Soyinka destroyed his Green Card when Trump was elected in 2016. He is Africa's first Nobel Laureate in Literature.

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NGR9781526638243
9781526638243
152663824X
Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka
New
Hardback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
20210928
464
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