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A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Set on the eve of Kenyan independence, this subtle, melancholy novel focuses on a group of characters who have been involved in one way or another in the struggle for independence. While the brutalities of colonialism are attacked, people who opposed it are not shown as uncomplicatedly heroic. In all the accounts we have of a national liberation, this is the most sober and clear-eyed, and the most angst-ridden.
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o was born in Kenya.

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