Set in the fictional Free Republic of Aburiria, Wizard of the Crow dramatises with searing humour and piercing observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, Ngugi wa Thiog'o reveals humanity in all its surprising intricacy.
Informed by richly enigmatic traditional African storytelling, Wizard of the Crow is a masterpiece and a major achievement in Ngugi wa Thiong'o's extraordinary and brave career.
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A huge, comic novel... A shimmering, shifting discourse... mythological but also cheerfully disenchanted; political and playful; cartoonish but also epical... the African novel may well have delivered its greatest masterpiece - Sunday Herald
Epic....daring satire - Sunday Times
Truly exciting... the author is a master of farce - Daily Telegraph
An impish and hallucinatory satire on dictatorship - The Times
Powerfully funny... Aburiria is recognisable as modern Africa in all its splendour, squalor, economic malaise and venality... it is hard not to be cheerd by the spirit of gentle resistance that is at its core, in defiance of everyday greed - The Economist
Truthful in its dissection of power, and remarkably free of bitterness... the poisonousness of its targets never infects the author's vision, nor his faith in people's power to resist - Guardian
It's a book of wonderful purple phases...restless, epic, allusive - Scotsman
Ngugi wa Thiong'o is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the university of California, Irvine, and is director of the university's International Centre for Writing and Translation. His books include Petals of Blood, for which he was imprisoned by the Kenyan government in 1977, A Grain of Wheat and Wizard of the Crow. He lives in Irvine, California.