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Wole Soyinka

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Wole Soyinka is a writer of global stature, the first African ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was imprisoned in Nigeria for his opposition to dictatorship. Soyinka is the author of Ake: The Years of Childhood and Climate of Fear, based on the prestigious Reith Lectures he delivered on the BBC.


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Ake
The Years of Childhood
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 23, 1989
Price: $16.00

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction

Soyinka tells the story of his boyhood, before and during World War II, in a western Nigerian town called Ake.

“Unquestionably Africa’s most versatile writer and arguably her finest.” —New York Times Book Review

“A brilliant imagist who uses poetry and drama to convey his... Read more >

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Climate of Fear
The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 25, 2005
Price: $14.00

In this new book developed from the prestigious Reith Lectures, Nobel Prize—winning author Wole Soyinka, a courageous advocate for human rights around the world, considers fear as the dominant theme in world politics.

Decades ago, the idea of collective fear had a tangible face: the atom bomb. Today our shared anxiety has... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Climate of Fear
The Quest for Dignity in a Dehumanized World
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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You Must Set Forth at Dawn
A Memoir
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $13.99

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You Must Set Forth at Dawn
A Memoir
Written by Wole Soyinka


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $16.95

The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile from) his beloved, beleaguered... Read more >
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