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Devil on the Cross (Heinemann) (French Edition) (original: 1980; edição: 1987)

de Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Autor)

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The great Kenyan writer and Nobel Prize nominee's novel that he wrote in secret, on toilet paper, while in prison--featuring an introduction by Namwali Serpell, the author of the novel The Old Drift One of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's fame, Devil on the Cross is a powerful fictional critique of capitalism. It tells the tragic story of Wariinga, a young woman who moves from a rural Kenyan town to the capital, Nairobi, only to be exploited by her boss and later by a corrupt businessman. As she struggles to survive, Wariinga begins to realize that her problems are only symptoms of a larger societal malaise and that much of the misfortune stems from the Western, capitalist influences on her country. An impassioned cry for a Kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects, Devil on the Cross has had a profound influence on Africa and on post-colonial African literature. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.… (mais)
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Título:Devil on the Cross (Heinemann) (French Edition)
Autores:Ngugi wa Thiong'o (Autor)
Informação:Heinemann (1987), Edition: 1, 256 pages
Coleções:Novels, fiction and the like, Sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:fiction in parlor

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Devil on the Cross de Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o (Author) (1980)

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Thiong'o paints a dark, but hopeful picture of post-colonial Kenya. Here is a Kenya where westernized Kenyans profit off of the misery and desperation of their countrymen by emulating and subjugating themselves to western business. Thiong'o's handling of the subject matter is both incredibly personal and comicly satirized. In some ways his choices have a kinship with magical realism. There is a playfulness to his depiction of the the Devil's feast and the frenzied competition amongst the modern thieves and robbers to prove their skill in fleecing their countrymen for their own ends and those of their Western masters.

The book was a much needed counter balance after reading the painfully biased Dead Man Do Tell Tales. But even without my need to hear a native African voice this makes for a rousing and passionate read. It offers a revolutionary call not just against the destructive consequences of colonialism, but also an unfliching indictment of globalism and the promotion of profit over people.

Most tellingly one of Thiong'o hyperbolic schemes suggested by one of the theives and robbers is a real thing. They do sell dirt to people by the potful to people too poor to own any land of their own. An idea Thiong'o clearly thought as shameful and ludicrous as selling air. And yet... ( )
  fundevogel | Jun 16, 2015 |
Witty, sarcastic take on corruption, tyranny, and the aftermath of colonialism. ( )
  mpho3 | Apr 12, 2012 |
Ngũgĩ was imprisoned by the post-independence government of Kenya when he wrote this satirical and allegorical indictment of the rulers of that government and the business leaders in cahoots with them and US and European corporations. (He wrote it on the only medium available to him, toilet paper.) He also explores the exploitation of women by men. A young woman, Warĩĩnga, who had dreamed of a career as an engineer but has fallen on hard times, thanks to that exploitation, is preparing to journey to her family home when she receives a mysterious card from a mysterious man, advertising a Devil's Feast and competition to select the seven cleverest thieves and robbers -- and it will be held the next day in the very town she is headed for. Along the way she meets several other people, and the bulk of the novel concerns them and their interactions with the thieves and robbers, who turn out to be businessmen competing to steal the most from the people and enter the good graces of the foreign corporations. After a dramatic ending, we see Warĩĩnga creating a new life for herself.

This is an angry novel, illustrating the bitterness and frustration of the Kenyan people who saw their hopes of independence dashed as the new leaders of the country concentrated on getting rich and collaborating with foreign corporations to exploit the people. The story is mixed with African poetry and songs, and with a lot of Christian symbolism that I couldn't completely understand. In places, it is perhaps a little didactic, but overall it is impassioned, brave, and important.
9 vote rebeccanyc | Nov 23, 2011 |
Did it for Sixth Form, I believe.

Was a difficult book to read, because of the bloody, violent imagery to describe Western capitalism's impact on Africa. But the metaphors are accurate, a cautionary tale too many are ignoring. ( )
  MsNikki | Aug 1, 2007 |
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The great Kenyan writer and Nobel Prize nominee's novel that he wrote in secret, on toilet paper, while in prison--featuring an introduction by Namwali Serpell, the author of the novel The Old Drift One of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's fame, Devil on the Cross is a powerful fictional critique of capitalism. It tells the tragic story of Wariinga, a young woman who moves from a rural Kenyan town to the capital, Nairobi, only to be exploited by her boss and later by a corrupt businessman. As she struggles to survive, Wariinga begins to realize that her problems are only symptoms of a larger societal malaise and that much of the misfortune stems from the Western, capitalist influences on her country. An impassioned cry for a Kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects, Devil on the Cross has had a profound influence on Africa and on post-colonial African literature. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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