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  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (17 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413744205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413744203
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ibadan" is the third volume in Wole Soyinka's series of memoirs, the sequel to "Ake and Isara". In a mixture of fact and fiction - to protect the innocent and nail the guilty and shape an often intolerable reality - it tells of the coming of age of a writer and political activist; and of a nation's betrayal. Linking national and international events with personal experience across 20 years, from confrontations with French immigration officers and the trauma of being black in Britain, to the direct experience of corruption, ballot-rigging, and power-mongering in his native Nigeria - a period otherwise known as the Penkelemes years - "Ibadan" is an exploration into themes of racism, politics and injustice.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu on 16 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Ibadan:the Penkelemes Years is an autobiography that gripped me from its first page to the very end. Wole Soyinka strikes me as a master carver of the English Language; he simply sculpts and carves the language with skills I've not witnessed elsewhere. It's a remarkable memoir, colourful in its splendour of retrospection, gripping in its lush narrative and peculiar even in its evocative title. One of the finest memiors I've come across.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Dudley on 13 Mar. 2013
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I grew up in the university of Ibadan so this book means a lot to me, it arrived speedily and is hardback, first edition, and in perfect condition. Treasure it.
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