Books by Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka was the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is a much-celebrated poet, playwright and political activist and was imprisoned in Nigeria for his opposition to dictatorship. He now divides his time between the UK, Nige

OF AFRICA by Wole Soyinka
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"A brief but eloquent plea for peace. Perhaps it takes a Nobel Laureate to see hope as the beating heart in the body of despair."
The Nigerian 1986 Nobel Laureate (Literature) offers a slender, hopeful volume about his native continent's potential for healing the world's spiritual ills. Read full book review >
Released: April 18, 2006

"Humane, sensible and impeccably written; a fitting summation of a life interestingly lived, and one hopes with more reflections to come."
Picking up where Ake (1982) leaves off, Nigerian Nobel laureate Soyinka (Climate of Fear, 2005, etc.) brings his dossier up to the present. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Largely predictable, but gracefully stated."
To visit fear on an already suffering world, writes the 1986 Nobel Prize-winner, is a naked assault on human dignity and "a prelude to the domination of the mind and the triumph of power." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Powerful stuff. (For another look at these questions, see Martha Minow, Between Vengeance and Forgiveness, p. 1438.)"
A disturbing moral dilemma is explored by the noted Nigerian writer. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 1996

"Often awkward, even strained, his prose has a rushed journalistic feel to it, certainly a far cry from the polish he displays as a playwright and memoirist."
Nobelist Soyinka (Art, Dialogue, and Outrage, 1994; Ake, 1982; etc.) takes on the despotic regime of his native Nigeria in this series of scathing jeremiads. Read full book review >
Released: May 18, 1994

"Soyinka's voice is indomitable, and his perspective unique; his positions should be considered carefully by anyone seeking to join the struggle for culture in the postcolonial era."
Nigerian Nobel laureate Soyinka offers more than 30 years' worth of rewarding essays on artistic practice and cultural politics. Read full book review >