In the Shadow of A Saint

In the Shadow of A Saint

Book - 2000
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In late 1995, the little-known Ogoni region in Nigeria became a fable for our times. Ken Saro-Wiwa, a renowned poet and environmentalist, was campaigning to protect his Ogoni people against the encroachments of Shell Oil and a brutal dictatorship. He was imprisoned, tortured, brought to trial on trumped-up charges, and executed.

At the heart of the public campaign to save Ken Saro-Wiwa was another Ken Wiwa - the author's son - who travelled the world lobbying world leaders and mobilizing public opinion, so that his father was recognized as a hero and a symbol of the struggle for environmental justice. The Saro-Wiwa name became global currency for righteousness.

Ken Wiwa has embarked on a book that tells the story - from a human, anecdotal perspective - of what it means to grow up as a child in the shadow of such extraordinary men and women.  In the end, it's about Ken's attempts to make peace with himself and his father - following his journey as he reaches toward a final rendezvous with the father who was snatched by the hangman.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2000.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780676971736
Branch Call Number: 966.9053092 SaroW -W 3701 1
Characteristics: 261 pages : illustrations, map.


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Apr 07, 2017

I was struck by how ordinary the writing was, and how little clarity the author added to the story of his father.

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