Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: ‘Resistance is the best way of keeping alive’

‘If you really think you’re right, you stick to your beliefs, and they help you to survive’ ... Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is a famous writer from Kenya. Many years ago he left the country on the east coast of Africa and he moved to the United States of America. Kenya has often been a harsh mistress for him. In the year 1978 he was detained without trial. He wrote a book about this period behind bars. The book was titled Detained: A Writer’s Prison Diary (1982). Now this book has gone to the printer again, be it in a slimmer version and another title. Now it is titled Wrestling with the Devil. In the opinion of the writer the theme of resistance is a never ending theme. In this interview you will encounter the writer himself. 

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