You Must Set Forth at Dawn

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 ...

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9780307432902

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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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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Collected Plays A dance of the forests The swamp dwellers The strong breed The road The Bacchae of Euripides

The five plays in this collection are linked by their concern with the spiritual and the social, with belief and ritual as integrating forces for social cohesion.

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: London ; New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192811363

Category: Drama

Page: 307

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The five plays in this collection are linked by their concern with the spiritual and the social, with belief and ritual as integrating forces for social cohesion.--
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Collected Plays

'One of the finest poetic playwrights who have ever written in English' - Martin Esslin'a writer of genius' - Irish Times. This second volume of Wole Soyinka's plays traces the ironic development and consequences of 'progress'.

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: London ; New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192811649

Category: Drama

Page: 276

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The five plays in the first volume are linked by their concern with the spiritual and the social, with belief and ritual as integrating forces for social cohesion; the plays in the second volume trace the ironic development and consequences of 'progress.' All plays are based around themes in Nigeria.
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The Open Sore of a Continent

Traces Nigeria's recent history and politics, chronicling its decline from post-colonial success to its current military dictatorship, and speculates on its future as a nation.

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195119215

Category: History

Page: 170

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Traces Nigeria's recent history and politics, chronicling its decline from post-colonial success to its current military dictatorship, and speculates on its future as a nation.
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Requiem for a Futurologist

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: London : Rex Collings

ISBN: UOM:39015014772225

Category: Fiction in English - Nigerian writers, to 1960 - Texts

Page: 56

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Beyond Aesthetics

This book of essays offers a glimpse into the motivations of the collector, as well as a highly personal look at the politics of aesthetics and collecting.

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300247626

Category: Art

Page: 160

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An intimate reflection on culture and tradition, creativity and power, that draws on a lifetime’s commitment to aesthetic encounter The playwright, poet, essayist, novelist, and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is also a longtime art collector. This book of essays offers a glimpse into the motivations of the collector, as well as a highly personal look at the politics of aesthetics and collecting. Detailing moments of first encounter with objects that drew him in and continue to affect him, Soyinka describes a world of mortals, muses, and deities that imbue the artworks with history and meaning. Beyond Aesthetics is a passionate discussion of the role of identity, tradition, and originality in making, collecting, and exhibiting African art today. Soyinka considers objects that have stirred controversy, and he decries dogmatic efforts—whether colonial or religious—to suppress Africa’s artistic traditions. By turns poetic, provocative, and humorous, Soyinka affirms the power of collecting to reclaim tradition. He urges African artists, filmmakers, collectors, and curators to engage with their aesthetic and cultural histories.
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The Deceptive Silence of Stolen Voices

The text of a new lecture given by Soyinka at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Spectrum Books Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105112982827

Category: Social Science

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The text of a new lecture given by Soyinka at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. The pamphlet reflects on question such as in Soyinka's words: "Shall we [Nigerians] ever arrive at an understanding of the futility of attempts to smother the expression of popular will...do we, or do we not need a radical shift that restores to us our stolen voices? Does the call for a national conference not ground itself in the illegitimate antecedence of our current democratic pretensions?" Wole Soyinka is as a dramatist, poet, novelist, essayist, political activist and professor, perhaps Africa's most brilliant cultural ambassador and critic, and a notable commentator on world affairs. He is the only black African to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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The Invention the Detainee

This is the first formal publication of two early plays by Soyinka, The Invention (1959) and The Detainee (1965).

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131820933

Category: Business & Economics

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This is the first formal publication of two early plays by Soyinka, The Invention (1959) and The Detainee (1965). Widely regarded as Soyinka's first play, The Invention reflects the obsession with race that marked the apartheid regime, and prophetically depicts the beginnings of the crumbling of the apartheid system in the futuristic setting of Johannesburg in 1976. It expresses the concern of the African diapsora with apartheid, which was felt to be an affront to the entire race. The Detainee is a radioplay. The plot foreshadows the writer's own imprisonment and his now familiar concerns about the vagaries of African politics.
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Ak

Village life in a small region of Nigeria is the real theme of this autobiographical account of Soyinka's first eleven years.

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: London : Collings

ISBN: UCSC:32106005327926

Category: Authors, Nigerian

Page: 230

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Village life in a small region of Nigeria is the real theme of this autobiographical account of Soyinka's first eleven years.
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Selected Poems

This volume contains poems from 1966 to 1989. A Shuttle in the Crypt, written while Soyinka was in prison, maps out the course trodden by a mind under solitary confinement.

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Methuen Publishing

ISBN: UOM:39015055608908

Category: Nigeria

Page: 257

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This volume contains poems from 1966 to 1989. A Shuttle in the Crypt, written while Soyinka was in prison, maps out the course trodden by a mind under solitary confinement. Idanre, a poem on the creation myth of Ogun, was written for the Commonwealth Arts Festival, while Mandela's Earth presents a selection of poems that are of searing urgency.
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Ibadan

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015032612965

Category: Authors, Nigerian

Page: 382

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Opera Wonyosi

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105003780769

Category: Nigeria

Page: 86

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The Credo of Being and Nothingness

"From the first African Nobel Laureate, this is the first in a series of Olufosoye Annual Lectures on Religions, delivered at the University of Ibadan in 1991.

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Spectrum Books

ISBN: STANFORD:36105070081224

Category: History

Page: 35

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"From the first African Nobel Laureate, this is the first in a series of Olufosoye Annual Lectures on Religions, delivered at the University of Ibadan in 1991. Soyinka, in his characteristically stimulating way, discusses the religions of Nigeria in their national context, and other religions from around the world. The author says ""At one conceptual level or the other...deeply embedded as an article of faith, is a relegation of this material world to a mere staging-post...then universal negation...Existence, as we know it, comes to the end that was pre-ordained from the beginning of time. Indeed, time itself comes to anend."""
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Myth Literature and the African World

The Nigerian author discusses African literature and the writer's role in African society as the modern equivalent of the tribal historian One of the foremost living African writers here analyses the interconnecting worlds of myth, ritual ...

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521398347

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

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The Nigerian author discusses African literature and the writer's role in African society as the modern equivalent of the tribal historian
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King Baabu

In the manner of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi, this is a ferocious, crackpot satire of the plague of dictatorship on the African continent.

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: UOM:39015056433702

Category: Coups d'état

Page: 107

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"King Baabu chronicles the debauched rule of General Basha Bash, who takes power in a coup and exchanges his general's uniform for a robe and crown. In the manner of Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi, this is a ferocious, crackpot satire of the plague of dictatorship on the African continent. Weaving together burlesque comedy, theatrical excess and storytelling, it has been hailed as a brilliant parody of political regimes in Africa and beyond." --Book Jacket.
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Of Africa

The first African recipient of a Nobel Prize in Literature offers a thought-provoking analysis of Africa's current crises while making recommendations for cultural and political renewal, exploring the region's history as it relates to the ...

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher:

ISBN: 0300198337

Category: History

Page: 199

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The first African recipient of a Nobel Prize in Literature offers a thought-provoking analysis of Africa's current crises while making recommendations for cultural and political renewal, exploring the region's history as it relates to the histories of other nations and critically assessing Africa's stances on race and religious tolerance. 10,000 first printing.
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Six Plays

Madman and Specialists examines the way in which war exposes and clarifies human conduct; Opera Woynosi is adpated from Gay's The Beggar's Opera and is a fierce assault on totalitarianism; and four other Wole Soyinka plays are included in ...

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: Methuen Drama

ISBN: UOM:39015009320626

Category: Drama

Page: 407

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Madman and Specialists examines the way in which war exposes and clarifies human conduct; Opera Woynosi is adpated from Gay's The Beggar's Opera and is a fierce assault on totalitarianism; and four other Wole Soyinka plays are included in this volume.
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From Zia with Love And A Scourge of Hyacinths

Based on events in Nigeria in the early 1980s Wole Soyinka''s stage play From Zia with Love and radio play A Scourge of Hyacinths, were produced in the early 90s when the writer was exiled by Sani Abacha''s notorious and unjust military ...

Author: Wole Soyinka

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: STANFORD:36105008778719

Category: English drama

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'Unquestionably Africa''s most versatile writer and arguably one of her finest. When the Military decrees that a crime carrying a prison sentence now retroactively warrants summary execution, confusion and fear permeate a society where the brutality and injustice of military rule is parodied by life inside prison. Based on events in Nigeria in the early 1980s Wole Soyinka''s stage play From Zia with Love and radio play A Scourge of Hyacinths, were produced in the early 90s when the writer was exiled by Sani Abacha''s notorious and unjust military regime.'
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