Wizard of the Crow

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Wizard of the Crow - Ngugi wa Thiong'O


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Wizard of the Crow is a bitingly satirical novel about African politics, power and paranoia. It is set in the Free Republic of Aburira where freedom is rare but spectacle is not. One year, ‘the Ruler’, a longstanding despot, announces plans to build the highest tower in the world. His sycophants applaud while the people, led by an unemployed academic turned-wizard, protest. Epic and ambitious, Wizard of the Crow is Ngugi wa Thiong’O’s first novel in 20 years. It aims, in his words, “to sum up Africa of the twentieth century in the context of two thousand years of world history.”