You Must Set Forth at Dawn signed by Wole Soyinka, 1st/1st, 2006
This is a fine copy of Wole Soyinka's 'You Must Set Forth at Dawn', a Memoir, in first edition and first printing- signed by the author. London, Methuen, 2006. The jacket is in fine condition without any signs of shelf wear, it has not been price clipped, and is in highly presentable condition. The boards are free from chips and marks, and free from previous owner's ink aside from that of the author. The text blocks are white and bright, without staining or discolouration. Overall this is a fine copy.
The first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature (1986), as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, Wole Soyinka now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important chronicle of his turbulent life as an adult in (and in exile from) his beloved, beleaguered homeland.
In the tough, humane, and lyrical language that has typified his plays and novels, Soyinka captures the indomitable spirit of Nigeria itself by bringing to life the friends and family who bolstered and inspired him, and by describing the pioneering theater works that defied censure and tradition. Soyinka not only recounts his exile and the terrible reign of General Sani Abacha, but shares vivid memories and playful anecdotes–including his improbable friendship with a prominent Nigerian businessman and the time he smuggled a frozen wildcat into America so that his students could experience a proper Nigerian barbecue.
More than a major figure in the world of literature, Wole Soyinka is a courageous voice for human rights, democracy, and freedom. You Must Set Forth at Dawn is an intimate chronicle of his thrilling public life, a meditation on justice and tyranny, and a mesmerizing testament to a ravaged yet hopeful land.