Wrestling With The Devil: A Prison Memoir

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Item#: 9781620973332
Author Wa Thiong'o, Ngugi
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ANew York TimesEditors? Choice"A welcome addition to the vast literature produced by jailed writers across the centuries . . . [a] thrilling testament to the human spirit."—Ariel Dorfman,The New York Times Book Review"Wrestling with the Devilis a powerful testament to the courage of Ngũgĩ and his fellow prisoners and validation of the hope that an independent Kenya would eventually emerge."—Minneapolis Star Tribune<
>"The Ngũgĩ ofWrestling with the Devilcalled not just for adding a bit of color to the canon?s sagging shelf, but for abolition and upheaval."—BookforumAn unforgettable chronicle of the year the
illiant novelist and memoirist, long favored for the Nobel Prize, was thrown in a Kenyan jail without chargeWrestling with the Devil, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's powerful prison memoir, begins literally half an hour before his release on December 12, 1978. In one extended flashback he recalls the night, a year earlier, when armed police pulled him from his home and jailed him in Kenya's Kamĩtĩ Maximum Security Prison, one of the largest in Africa. There, he lives in a prison block with eighteen other political prisoners, quarantined from the general prison population.In a conscious effort to fight back the humiliation and the intended degradation of the spirit, Ngũgĩ—the world-renowned author ofWeep Not, Child;Petals of Blood; andWizard of the Crow—decides to write a novel on toilet paper, the only paper to which he has access, a book that will become his classic,Devil on the Cross.Written in the early 1980s and never before published in America,Wrestling with the Devilis Ngũgĩ's account of the drama and the challenges of writing the novel under twenty-four-hour surveillance. He captures not only the excruciating pain that comes from being cut off from his wife and children, but also the spirit of defiance that defines hope. Ultimately,Wrestling with the Devilis a testimony to the power of imagination to help humans
eak free of confinement, which is truly the story of all art.