"Ambitious, caustic, and impassioned." —The New Yorker
"A mind-blowing political statement, an anguished cry of despair... a bombshell." —The Weekly Review, Kenya
Ngugi wa Thiong’o was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938. One of the leading African writers and scholars at work today, he is the author of many novels, short stories, essays, a memoir, and several plays, and recipient of numerous high honors. Currently he is Distinguished Professor in the School of Humanities and director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine.
Moses Isegawa was born in Uganda and is the author of the novels Abyssinian Chronicles and Snakepit.
This is one of my favorite stories of all time. Its the book that made me love historical fictions. A real page turner!Published 13 months ago by Kofi Obibini
Petals of Blood is a jarring and unsettling portrayal of life in post-colonial Kenya. Its publication was so controversial that the government arrested and imprisoned the author,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shane
Petals of Blood opens with the arrest of Godfrey Munira, a schoolteacher, as a suspect in the murder of three African brewery executives in the Kenyan town of Ilmorog. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Steven Davis
Actually I'd give this a 3.5. It's very similar to Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, and I feel sure the author had read and studied Steinbeck. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mick
This book dissects a lot of complex political formations; from colonialism, capitalism, to it's final stage, neocolonialism, as well as his message of Pan-Africanism. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by IKONOKLAST
This is a revered classic about corruption in post colonial Kenya for which the author went to prison, and I don't presume to doubt its value to anyone studying the topic. Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by sally tarbox
This 1977 book was the choice of my international reading group at my local bookstore. It's a dense 410 pages long and tells the story of the traumatic transitions in Kenya as it... Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Linda Linguvic