Wizard of the Crow

Wizard of the Crow

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From the exiled Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet, and literary critic--a magisterial comic novel that is certain to take its place as a landmark of postcolonial African literature.

In exile now for more than twenty years, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has become one of the most widely read African writers of our time, the power and scope of his work garnering him international attention and praise. His aim in Wizard of the Crow is, in his own words,nothing less than “to sum up Africa of the twentieth century in the context of two thousand years of world history.”

Commencing in “our times” and set in the “Free Republic of Aburĩria,” the novel dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburĩrian people. Among the contenders: His High Mighty Excellency; the eponymous Wizard, an avatar of folklore and wisdom; the corrupt Christian Ministry; and the nefarious Global Bank. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, Wizard of the Crow reveals humanity in all its endlessly surprising complexity.

Informed by richly enigmatic traditional African storytelling, Wizard of the Crow is a masterpiece, the crowning achievement in Ngugl wa Thiong’o’s career thus far.

Title:Wizard of the Crow
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780375422485
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    Wizard of the Crow Reviews

  • leynes

    In the life of a bookworm, there's no greater feeling than finishing a chunker of a book and ending up enjoying it immensely. It's also rare to encounter a tale that is so unconventional and new that ...

  • Hugh

    This is a monumental, epic book that encompasses most of Africa's post-colonial history, and one which I feel hopelessly unqualified to review. It was originally written in the Gĩkũyũ language, for...

  • Zanna

    In Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature, Ngugi wa Thiong'o complained that African neo-colonial leaders behave so ridiculously that it's hard to satirise them (similar...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    Epic, satirical, magical-realism account of the fictional African country of Aburiria. Aburiria is an African dictatorship run by a typical African big-man “The Ruler” whose control over the count...

  • Cheryl

    While I enjoyed the first part of this satire of political unrest, economic hypocrisy and social upheaval, I was distracted by too much going on: too many pages, characters, sub stories, and more. Thr...

  • Nathan

    If you love Dictator Novels you'll love this one.Also, there's just not that many long books I've come across from the African Continent. There's The City of God of course, but that's not really what ...

  • K.J. Charles

    Absolutely epic. A 900pp sprawling monster of a book that takes on colonisation, corruption, superstition, greed, social/cultural problems and everything people use to screw each other up, all without...

  • Margitte

    Wizard of the CrowFROM THE BLURBCommencing in “our times” and set in the “Free Republic of Aburlria,” the novel dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for control...

  • Maru Kun

    About half way through the ‘Wizard of the Crow’ the Ruler makes a trip to New York with his Ministers in order to try and persuade officials of the Global Bank to lend Aburiria the money to advanc...

  • James

    I have a thing for books that create their own mythologies, and Wizard of the Crow has risen to the top of that list. Set in a fictional African country, this novel takes a serious romp through a stre...