A Grain Of Wheat

Paperback | June 5, 2012

byNgugi wa Thiong'oIntroduction byAbdulrazak Gurnah

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The Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writers best-known novel

Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.

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The Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writer’s best-known novelSet in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and ...

Ngugi wa Thiong'o is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and essayist from Kenya whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Irvine, California, where he is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.Abdulrazak Gurnah is the author of the B...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.7 inPublished:June 5, 2012Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143106767

ISBN - 13:9780143106760

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