Description : Within these interviews, Soyinka is forthright, clear and eloquent. He addresses many facets of his writing and plumbs pressing issues of culture, society and community.
Description : Distinguished scholars analyze the plays, poetry, and prose of Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1986. Essays trace his career and place his work in the general context of African literature.
Description : As part of Pegasos, Kuunsankosken Kaupunginkirjasto of Finland presents a biographical sketch about the Nigerian writer Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka (1934- ), who is known as Wole Soyinka. Soyinka has written plays, poems, novels, and literary criticism. Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. Some of Soyinka's works include "A Quality of Violence" (1959), "The Lion and the Jewel" (1963), "Poems from Prison" (1969), and "Before the Blackout" (1971).
Description : 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.
Description : The Nigerian author discusses African literature and the writer's role in African society as the modern equivalent of the tribal historian
Description : The book reconsiders Soyinka's contribution to the debate about African identity, exploring the various elements constituting his distinctive aesthetic and apprehension of African culture. It concentrates on his plays, his fiction and poetry and investigates his views on the relationship between myth, history, and modernity, primarily highlighting his conception of the nature of African post-colonial society and power. Also, the book looks at Soyinka's exploration of the metaphysical aspects of evil, particularly as manifested in political violence, and, in addition, it examines his belief in the irrepressibility of the human desire to transcend any form of political, spiritual and social oppression. Finally, it argues that Soyinka's major contribution to our understanding of contemporary African life and art lies in his attempts to move beyond the idea of identity as an opposition between Self and Other to a conception of identity in which such concepts are either themselves questioned or transferr
Description : 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.