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Death and the King's Horseman

Death and the King's Horseman

by Soyinka
     
 

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Based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946, Wole Soyinka's powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king's chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer. The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to

Overview

Based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946, Wole Soyinka's powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king's chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer. The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and Elesin's son arrives home. "Soyinka both entertains and asks subtle questions about mass psychology, individual psychology, and universal human struggles of the will."—Chicago Tribune

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Chicago Tribune
Soyinka both entertains and asks subtle questions about mass psychology, individual psychology, and universal human struggles of the will.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374522100
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/28/1990
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.26(d)

Meet the Author

Wole Soyinka, one of Africa's foremost writers, won the Nobel Prize in 1986 and is the author of Death and the King's Horseman, among other works.

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