Birth Of A Dream Weaver


‘Birth of a Dream Weaver’ charts the very beginnings of a writer’s creative output. In this wonderful memoir, Kenyan writer Ngõugõi wa Thiongo recounts the four years he spent in Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda – threshold years where he found his voice as a playwright, journalist and novelist, just as Uganda, Kenya, Congo and other countries were in the final throes of their independence struggles. James Nguigii, as he was known then, is haunted by the emergency period of the previous decade in Kenya, when his friends and relatives were killed during the Mau Mau Rebellion. He is also haunted by the experience of his childhood in a polygamous family and the brave break his mother made from his father’s home. Accompanied by these ghosts, Ngõugõi begins to weave stories from the fibres of memory, history and a shockingly vibrant and turbulent present.

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‘Exquisite in its honesty and truth and resilience, and a necessary chronicle from one of the greatest writers of our time’ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Selected as a Book of the Year 2016 in the Guardian

When Ngugi wa Thiong’o arrives at the prestigious Makerere University, it embodies all the potential and excitement of the early 1960s. Campus is a haven of opportunity for the brightest African students, a meeting place for thinkers and writers from all over the world, and its alumni are filling Africa’s emerging political and cultural positions.

Despite the challenges he faces as a young black man in a British colony, it is here that Ngugi begins to find his voice as a playwright, journalist and novelist, writing his first, pivotal works just as the countries of East Africa enter the final stages of their independence struggles.

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Weight 0.181 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.6 cm










828.91409 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K