Wizard of the Crow
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o.
New York: Pantheon Books, 2006. Octavo. Boards in an unclipped pictorial dust wrapper. Text block ever so slightly beginning to roll at the crown of the spine. 768 pages. First American edition, incribed by the author, promotional material for his event at UC Santa Cruz laid in. Near fine.
Translated from the original Kikuyu by the author. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o has been the consensus favorite to win the Nobel Prize for awhile now. If he really is riding the prize borderline, this book and its legacy will likely determine his fate. Regardless, we adore it and consider it a new classic, as we imagine you will, if you don't already. Magic realist African epic as Nobel bait.
"Why did Africa let Europe cart away millions of Africa's souls from the continent to the four corners of the wind? How could Europe lord it over a continent ten times its size? Why does needy Africa continue to let its wealth meet the needs of those outside its borders and then follow behind with hands outstretched for a loan of the very wealth it let go? How did we arrive at this, that the best leader is the one that knows how to beg for a share of what he has already given away at the price of a broken tool? Where is the future of Africa?"