Title: You Must Set Forth at Dawn- Memoirs
Author: Wole Soyinka
Publisher: Random House
Wole Soyinka, the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as a political activist of prodigious energies, now follows his modern classic Ake: The Years of Childhood with an equally important recount of his tremulous life as an adult in (and in exile from) his beloved, beleaguered homeland.
In the tough, humane, and lyrical language, Soyinka captures the obstinate spirit of Nigeria itself by bringing to life the friends and family who strengthened and inspired him, and by describing the pioneering theater works that defied censure and tradition. Soyinka not only recounts his exile and the terrible reign of General Sani Abacha, but shares vivid memories and playful anecdotes–including his improbable friendship with a prominent Nigerian businessman and the time he smuggled a frozen wildcat into America so that his students could experience a proper Nigerian barbecue.
More than a major figure in the world of literature, Wole Soyinka is a courageous human rights activist, and a voice for democracy, and freedom. You Must Set Forth at Dawn is an intimate chronicle of his thrilling public life, a meditation on justice and tyranny, and a mesmerizing testament to a ravaged yet hopeful land.