One Day I Will Write About This Place

Author: Binyavanga Wainaina

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 1555970346

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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*A New York Times Notable Book* *A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice* *A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year* Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colorful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlor, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson—all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister, Jimmy and Ciru. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own. In this vivid and compelling debut memoir, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his mother's religious period, his failed attempt to study in South Africa as a computer programmer, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood. Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. A series of fascinating international reporting assignments follow. Finally he circles back to a Kenya in the throes of postelection violence and finds he is not the only one questioning the old certainties. Resolutely avoiding stereotype and cliché, Wainaina paints every scene in One Day I Will Write About This Place with a highly distinctive and hugely memorable brush.

One Day I Will Write About This Place

Author: Binyavanga Wainaina

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 9781555976248

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 5778

“A Kenyan Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man . . . suffused by a love affair with language.”—Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of 2011 In this vivid and compelling memoir, Binyavanga Wainaina tumbles through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. In One Day I Will Write About This Place, named a 2011 New York Times notable book, Wainaina brilliantly evokes family, tribe, and nationhood in joyous, ecstatic language.

African Memoirs and Cultural Representations

Author: Toyin Falola

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1839987758

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 283

View: 2822

Traditions and cultures represent a set of persisting or prevailing beliefs, social practices, oral traditions, linguistics, and values that define an individual’s way of life. In other words, in memoir writing, the emphasis is often to propagate a unilateral need or embrace of self-identity. However, the dominant narrative and method of analysis in this study holds the notion and privileges that tradition and cultures imbibed by memoirists are sometimes subverted, refashioned, or reworked due to the strand of experiences or realities they encounter in different spaces as their narration develops. Thus, memoirists embrace indifference and open-mindedness, which is also greatly explored in the context of autobiography.

Politics & Social Justice

Author: Ernest Emenyo̲nu

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1847010970

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 213

View: 3602

Examines some of the varied African literary responses to politics and social justice and injustice under colonialism/neocolonialism.


Author: Billy Kahora,Binyavanga Wainaina

Publisher: Kwani Archive Online

ISBN: 9789966983664

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 452

View: 6335

Following and keeping close to the great tradition set by its three predecessors, Kwani? 4 presents a wail of new voices in literary concert with the not so new. The now established talents- Binyavanga Wainaina, Muthoni Garland, Doreen Baingana- share these pages with the fast risers: Billy Kahora, Mukoma wa Ngugi and Shalini Gidoomal. And Kwani? 4 has delved deeper into the all those spaces where the Kenyan story lives: the street corners, the neighbourhood pubs, the in-between semi rural places where the clash of cultures- the traditional versus the modern- continues to redefine the social roles of the individual, dismantle patriarchal constructs and still retain the pithy wit and the devices of ancient orature that time and the ritual of the communal fireside have honed. Still, as though in ridicule of such notions of Africa as being the continent on the lee side of the Digital Divide, Kwani? 4 reaches into the burgeoning realms of the Kenyan blogosphere to bring such politically aware, borderline intellectual and only-two-degrees-shy-of-rebellious voices bringing a fresh look at the old themes of politics, slices of life and religion and placing them alongside such taboo subjects as sex beyond the hetero-normative ideal. Kwani? 4 is established in Africa as the space for cutting-edge new fiction, mind provoking non fiction and photo-essays and witty graphic narratives.

O Albany!

Author: William Kennedy

Publisher: Viking Adult


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 440

View: 1577

An historical profile of the capital of New York documents the neighborhoods, ethicity, culture, society, and colorful people of Albany

Farmers' Guide

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Agriculture

Page: 846

View: 5947

Children of the Ghetto

Author: Israel Zangwill

Publisher: N.A


Category: Jews

Page: 428

View: 7183

Set in late nineteenth-century London, it gives an inside look into an immigrant community that was almost as mysterious to the more established middle-class Jews of Britain as to the non-Jewish population.