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In the Shadow of a Saint By Ken Wiwa

In the Shadow of a Saint
by Ken Wiwa

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Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed in 1995. One of Nigeria's best-loved writers and critics of military rule, he was a mover in bringing the human rights abuses of Shell Oil and the Nigerian military to the world's attention. This work tells of Ken Wiwa's childhood and relationship with his father.
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In the Shadow of a Saint: A Son's Journey to Understand His Father's Legacy by Ken Wiwa

Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed in 1995. One of Nigeria's best-loved writers and critics of military rule, he was a mover in bringing the human rights abuses of Shell Oil and the Nigerian military to the world's attention. This work tells of Ken Wiwa's childhood and relationship with his father.

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"Your book is rivetting, searingly honest and deeply moving.It is a splendid monument to an outstanding man, warts and all." --Desmond Tutu "Ken Wiwa leaves no holds unbarred in his account of his father's remarkable life and appalling death. It's a searing personal and political document." --Harold Pinter "His book is at once a tough indictment of the Nigerian government and the oil industry, and an intense and moving tale of a young man's struggle to make peace with his father....Exceptionally -- sometimes bracingly -- frank." --"Toronto Life """In The Shadow of a Saint" is a stirring work that will resonate with you long after you close the book and a reminder on the anniversary of Saro-Wiwa's death that the word really can be more powerful than the sword." --"Eye ""The straightforward honesty of Ken Wiwa's account is the book's shining merit. Not only is Ken Wiwa searching for the man his father was, he is also striving to unearth the truth of his own fraught relationship with him....And it is entirely fitting that it is by an act of writing that Ken Wiwa finally slips out of the long shadow that Ken Saro-Wiwa cast, to become his own man and, moreover, someone of whom I am sure his father would have been intensely proud." --"The Globe and Mail ""The story of his final hours is one of the most memorable in the book, not only because it is written by his son, but because it is written with a detachment and calm that amplifies both the horror of the death and the dignity and defiance of the victim. It must have taken great strength to write those pages. Ken Saro-Wiwa would surely be proud." --"The Edmonton Journal ""Ken Wiwa has written a powerful andthought-provoking account of his father. It is, above all, an extremely honest book, with no attempts to conceal the warts." --"The Financial Times "(UK) "Ken Wiwa does not spare himself in this story. He reveals self-truths he is not proud of. You feel for him. You feel for his father. His elegantly written book is a weave of Nigerian and family history, both turbulent, both tragic, neither without hope. The book is also a song of the Ogoni people, a tribute to their struggle, their endurance.... Poignant." --"The Guardian ""[An] inquiring biography...Wiwa handles plenty of confusion and guilt with aplomb...Wiwa's childhood recollections are ambivalent: he describes his nervousness and self-consciousness around his father, his sense of always trailing in his footsteps...until this biography, that is -- its voice very much his own, as is its political verve. Insightful chapters on the children of Nelson Mandela and Stephen Biko add poingnancy and depth to Wiwa's personal exploration." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review) ""In the Shadow of a Saint "is a memoir, a biography, a political history, a tribute to a political martyr and a love letter to a father." -- "The Toronto Star" "[Wiwa] has produced a fascinating account of his troubled homeland, and a touching portrait of his talented father." -- "Maclean's"

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GOR002822014
In the Shadow of a Saint: A Son's Journey to Understand His Father's Legacy by Ken Wiwa
Ken Wiwa
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2000-11-02
288
0385601859
9780385601856
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