Devil on the Cross (Penguin Classics)

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9780143107361: Devil on the Cross (Penguin Classics)

A legendary work of African literature, Devil on the Cross is one of the cornerstones of Ngugi wa Thiong'o's enduring fame--and at the heart of his perennial contention for the Nobel Prize. An impassioned cry for a Kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects, it has had profound influences on Africa and on African literature.

Written on toilet paper while Ngugi wa Thiong'o was in prison, this novel 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 a corrupt businessman. As Wariinga struggles to survive, she 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. Climaxing in an unforgettable scene of the "Devil's Feast," a satirical parable of Western culture and business practices, Devil on the Cross is an essential story of the post-colonial African experience.

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This critique of modern Kenya highlights the greed and capitalism prevalent in society. Despair drives Wariinga to leave Nairobi and seek refuge in her home town of Ilmorog. On her journey she is handed an invitation to a feast of thieves, a competition organized by the devil.


One of our century's great novels. ( Tribune)

Ngugi is the most celebrated of African novelists. What he offers is nothing less than a new

direction for African writing.

( British Book News)

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