Wrestling With the Devil : A Prison Memoir

Author(s): Ngugi Wa Thiong'o

Biography & Memoir

Ngugi wa Thiong'o's powerful prison memoir begins half an hour before his release on 12 December 1978. A year earlier, he recalls, armed police arrived at his home and took him to Kenya's Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. There, Ngugi lives in a block alongside other political prisoners, but he refuses to give in to the humiliation. He decides to write a novel in secret, on toilet paper - it is a book that will become his classic, Devil on the Cross.


Wrestling with the Devil is Ngugi's unforgettable account of the drama and challenges of living under twenty-four-hour surveillance. He captures not only the pain caused by his isolation from his family, but also the spirit of defiance and the imaginative endeavours that allowed him to survive.

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General Fields

  • : 9781784702243
  • : Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : April 2018
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 365.45092
  • : 272