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Devil on the Cross

Devil on the Cross

Author: Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Series: Penguin African Writers Ser.
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The great Kenyan writer and Nobel Prize nominee's novel that he wrote in secret, on toilet paper, while in prison--as described in his memoir Wrestling with the Devil

One of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o's fame, Devil on the Cross is a powerful fictional critique of capitalism. It tells the tragic story of Wariinga, a young woman who moves from a rural Kenyan town to the capital, Nairobi, only to be exploited by her boss and later by a corrupt businessman. As she struggles to survive, Wariinga begins to realize that her problems are only symptoms of a larger societal malaise and that much of the misfortune stems from the Western, capitalist influences on her country. An impassioned cry for a Kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects, Devil on the Cross has had a profound influence on Africa and on post-colonial African literature.


Introduction by Binyavanga Wainaina and Namwali Serpell . Contribution by Chinua Achebe

Author description

Ngugi wa Thiong'o is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and essayist from Kenya whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Irvine, California, where he is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.

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General Fields

  • : 9780143107361
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : April 2017
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 823
  • : 320
  • : Ngugi wa Thiong'o
  • : Paperback