Ngugi wa Thiong'o Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Ngugi wa Thiong'o Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s fiction, like that of many contemporary African novelists, is highly political: It portrays the traumatic transition from colonized culture to an independent African society. His novels illustrate with unmatched clarity the problems created by this period of rapid change. Superior European technology introduced into Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century undercut traditional cultural values, and colonial domination (denunciation of indigenous cultures and religions, appropriation of native lands, forced labor) led to a disintegration of indigenous societies.

The major themes of Ngugi’s novels derive from his characters’ attempts to overcome the confusion caused by the peripeteia of...

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