The Kenyan author Yvonne Oduor wrote a brilliant novel on the history of her country of birth. In her novel one of the language is the language of silence. It seems that people tend to think if they keep silent, the obvious presence of an issue will shade away into the darkness and into oblivion. The political and social history of Kenya shows that silence does not work. It makes things worse.
Yvonne tells in this interview about the way her book has been received.
It is possible to read a novel and learn about the history of a country. The writer of this article is of the opinion that reading the book ‘Dust’, written by Kenyan Yvonne Odhiambo Owuor, tells a story about the people in Kenya. Characters are highlighted, and so Kenyan history is highlighted.
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In a way this article is a continuation of the debate about the quality of the literary criticism in Kenya, especially at the universities.
Now the book DUST by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is taken as an example.
She raised some dust with her latest novel. The dust has settled now, but we cannot forget the past. Not the past in which this novel was written nor the past that is present in the pages of this novel ‘DUST’.
Yvonne Odhimabo Owuor is the writer of this novel, recently she was present at the Open Book Festival in Cape Town, South Africa. She was interviewed.
She has done it!
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor has won the Textbook Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. It was her novel DUST that gained her this prize. The book started as a short story and won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003 (12 years ago !). The prize money for Yvonne is Kenyan Shilling 300,000.
Read more about this prize and other winners.
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Please, male readers in the world, close your eyes. This is an announcement on the 3rd African Women Writers’ Symposium. It will take place in Johannesburg, coming weekend.
Some famous writers (females ones) from different countries will come and partake in the sessions. Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was nearby since she attended the Open Book Festival in Cape Town.
The Open Book Festival in South Africa is an important festival bringing together writers from different countries and different continents. Here you find a report on one of the sessions, this time on researching your story. One of those present in the panel was the Kenya writer Yvonne Owuor.
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