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A Grain of Wheat by (James) Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

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Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya’s independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village’s chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers’ tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.


Condition: VGood (minor wear on corners and edges, slight crease on cover, scuff mark on back cover, notes on inside front cover, remainder mark on top edge)

Publisher: Heinemann, 1984

ISBN 13: 9780435900366