PETALS OF BLOOD. Ngugi Wa Thiong'o.


New York: E.P. Dutton, 1978. First American Edition. A novel centered around the murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery, an event which sets the scene for this exceptional novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya. As the intertwined stories of the four suspects unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel their leaders have failed them time after time. First published in 1977, the novel was so explosive that its author was imprisoned without charges by the Kenyan government. His incarceration was so shocking that newspapers around the world called attention to the case, and protests were raised by human rights groups, scholars, and writers, including James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Harold Pinter, and Donald Barthelme. Item #2782

First Printing, cloth issue. Octavo (21.5cm); charcoal gray paper and white cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [xii],345,[3]pp. Crown gently nudged, else Fine in a Fine, price-clipped dustjacket, with a small diagonal crease to lower right corner of front flap.

Price: $200.00

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