Magazine December 19, 2016, Issue

Voice of Anger

Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening, by Ngugi wa Thiong’o (New Press, 240 pp., $25.95)

In his latest of many books, the expatriate Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o tells of an episode from the colonial era in which he grew up. Kamawe Musunge, the “houseboy” of the British-born Peter Poole, was riding a bicycle when Poole’s dogs attacked him. The African tried to defend himself with a rock, and the settler shot him dead. So far, so routine; British East Africa was perhaps the most arrogantly run of Britain’s overseas possessions, and this was 1959, during the extra-repressive late stage of the Mau Mau rebellion. But for the first and only time in the country’s

Sarah Ruden’s most recent books are the extensively revised second edition of her Aeneid translation and her new translation of the Gospels.

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