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To Stir the Heart: Four African Stories

by Bessie Head & Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
£8.99   paperback  Feminist Press (2007)

To Stir the Heart: Four African Stories by Bessie Head & Ngugi  Wa Thiong These powerful stories by two of Africa’s most renowned 20th-century authors explore African cultures at the intersection of tradition and modernity, colonialism and independence.
 
Botswana’s preeminent writer Bessie Head and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, “the most significant East African writer” (New York Times), each use the politics and history of Africa in the midst of change as background for compelling stories of characters who, like their countries, are in search of their identity. In different ways, Head and Ngugi also chart the uneasy coexistence of men and women when their individual natures and desires conflict with societal expectations and customs.
 
Featuring Thiong'o’s “Wedding at the Cross” and “Minutes of Glory” and Head’s “The Deep River” and “The Collector of Treasures,” the volume draws together works notable for their portrayal of strong women who fight not only to survive but to succeed on their own terms, as they demand their right to marry or not, to earn a living, and, most importantly, to be respected.

ISBN 13: 9781558615472 | ISBN 10: 1558615474