The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness / Edition 1

The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness / Edition 1

by Wole Soyinka
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195134281

ISBN-13: 9780195134285

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka considers all of Africa - indeed, all the world - as he poses the question: Once repression stops, is reconciliation between oppressor and victim possible? In the face of centuries long devastations wrought on the African continent and her Diaspora by slavery, colonialism, Apartheid and the manifold faces of racism, what form of recompense

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Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka considers all of Africa - indeed, all the world - as he poses the question: Once repression stops, is reconciliation between oppressor and victim possible? In the face of centuries long devastations wrought on the African continent and her Diaspora by slavery, colonialism, Apartheid and the manifold faces of racism, what form of recompense could possibly be adequate? In a voice as eloquent and humane as it is forceful, Soyinka examines this fundamental question as he illuminates the principle duty and "near intolerable burden" of memory to bear the record of injustice. In so doing, he challenges notions of simple forgiveness, of confession and absolution, as strategies for social healing. Ultimately, he turns to art as one source that may nourish the seed of reconciliation, art as the generous vessel that can hold together the burden of memory and the hope of forgiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195134285
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction3
IReparations, Truth, and Reconciliation23
IIL.S. Senghor and Negritude: Paccuse, mais, je pardonne93
IIINegritude and the Gods of Equity145
Index195

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