Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known

Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known

by Wole Soyinka
     
 

Soyinka's title poem for this collection takes as its cue the Yoruba song 'The world is a market place'. By turns satirical and lyrical, this fourth collection of poetry, his first in ten years, spans the poet's recent experience of exile from Nigeria as well as the journeys that have followed his Nobel Prize for Literature award. Here are reflections on the deaths of…  See more details below

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Soyinka's title poem for this collection takes as its cue the Yoruba song 'The world is a market place'. By turns satirical and lyrical, this fourth collection of poetry, his first in ten years, spans the poet's recent experience of exile from Nigeria as well as the journeys that have followed his Nobel Prize for Literature award. Here are reflections on the deaths of politicians, dictators and dissident friends as well as invocations to fellow writers Ken Saro-Wiwa, Josef Brodsky and Chinua Achebe. In sections tellingly entitled 'Outsiders', 'Of Exits' or the poem sequence 'Twelve Canticles for the Zealot', Soyinka confronts political realities -- religious fundamentalism, bigotry and the repression of free speech. Others such as 'Lost Poems', 'Doctored Vision' or 'Visiting Trees (Night Hunt)' are evidence of a more private, interior search.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413772558
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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