1620975254
The perfect nine : the epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi / Ngugi wa Thiong'o ; Translated from the Gikuyu original by the author.
The perfect nine : the epic of Gikuyu and Mumbi / Ngugi wa Thiong'o ; Translated from the Gikuyu original by the author.
Author: Ngugi wa Thiongo, 1938- translator.
Publication year: 2020
Publisher: New York : The New Press,
ISBN: 9781620975251
Notes:
"Originally published in Kenya as Kenda Muiyuru by East African Educational Publishers Ltd, in 2018."--Title page verso.
"A reimagining of an old Gikuyu fable"-- A dazzling, genre-defying novel in verse from the author Delia Owens says "tackles the absurdities, injustices, and corruption of a continent" Ngugi wa Thiong'o's novels and memoirs have received glowing praise from the likes of President Barack Obama, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, and NPR; he has been a finalist for the Man International Booker Prize and is annually tipped to win the Nobel Prize for Literature; and his books have sold tens of thousands of copies around the world. In his first attempt at the epic form, Ngugi tells the story of the founding of the Gikuyu people of Kenya, from a strongly feminist perspective. A verse narrative, blending folklore, mythology, adventure, and allegory, The Perfect Nine chronicles the efforts the Gikuyu founders make to find partners for their ten beautiful daughters-called "The Perfect Nine" -and the challenges they set for the 99 suitors who seek their hands in marr
Original title: Kenda Muiyuru. English
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