Sozaboy is both a novel of self-discovery and an indictment of a corrupt and muddled war a kind of sombre picaresque lifted by the vivacity of its language Helen Birch, City Limits William Boyd, who has written the introduction to Sozaboy, has described the author as an extraordinary man and an extraordinary writer.
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Another haunting work of fiction to come out of the civil war. Ken Saro-Wiwa, executed by a military junta in 1995, was a writer, human rights activist and environmentalist. Sozaboy is written in “rotten English” – a mixture of Nigerian pidgin and idiomatic English – from the viewpoint of a naive young recruit who discovers the horror of war.
William Boyd wrote:
“Sozaboy is not simply a great African novel, it is also a great anti-war novel, among the very best the 20th century has produced.”
About the Author Ken Saro-Wiwa
Ken Saro-Wiwa, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996, was a novelist, publisher, journalist and human rights activist. He was a committed and tireless campaigner on human rights and environmental issues. In November 1995 he was executed by the Nigerian authorities.
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