The shocking execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa at the hands of the Nigerian government in 1995 stirred new interest in the many facets of his life - as novelist and short story writer, radio and television personality, publisher and entrepreneur, political and environmental activist. This interdisciplinary collection critically assesses Saro-Wiwa's exceptional life and work from a range of fresh perspectives. The authors examine Saro-Wiwa's literary output both in terms of literary criticism and within a political framework. They give equal attention to his more public roles, including public reaction within Nigeria to his work. A comprehensive, annotated bibliography of print and electronic resources on Saro-Wiwa is a valuable feature of the book.
Biography and Literature, C. Lock. Part 1 The Literary Experiments: Literary Memoirs - ""On a Darkling Plain"" and ""A Month and a Day"", C.W. McLuckie; Poetry - ""Songs in a Time of War"", T. Ojaide; The Short-Fiction - ""A Forest of Flowers"" and ""Adaku and Other Stories"", A. McPhail; The ""Prison"" Novels, F. Aleba; ""Sozaboy"" - A Novel in Rotten English, M. Roy; Sociopolitical Awakening in Ken Saro-Wiwa's ""Sozaboy"", M. Eke. Part 2 The Public Man: Pipe Dreams - Ken Saro-Wiwa, Environmental Justice and Micro-Minority Rights, R. Nixon; A Political Assessment of ""Genocide in Nigeria - the Ogoni Tragedy"", J. McLaren; Saro-Wiwa in Business -the Publisher, L. Neame; State-Sponsored Death and the Absent Body of Ken Saro-Wiwa, M. Bastian. Part 3 Popular Media: Saro-Wiwa as Journalist, Ezenwa-Ohaeto; The Children's Series, J. LeBlanc; The Stage and Television Drama, J. Gibbs.