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Abdilatif Abdalla: Poet in Politics �celebrates the work of Abdilatif Abdalla, one of Kenya�s most well-known poets and a committed political activist. It includes commentary essays on aspects of Abdilatif Abdalla�s work and life, through inter-weaving perspectives on poetry and politics, language and history; with contributions by East African writers and scholars of Swahili literature, including Ngugi wa Thiong�o, Said Khamis, Ken Walibora, Ahmed Rajab, Mohamed Bakari, and Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir, among others. Abdalla became famous in 1973, with the publication of Sauti ya Dhiki (Voice of Agony), a collection of poems written secretly in prison during three years of solitary confinement (1969-72). He was convicted of circulating pamphlets against Jomo Kenyatta�s KANU government, criticizing it as �dictatorial� and calling for political resistance in the pamphlet, 'Kenya: Twendapi?' (Kenya: where are we heading?). His poetry epitomizes the ongoing currency of classic Swahili form and language, while his work overall, including translations and editorships, exemplifies a two-way mediation between �traditional� and �modern� perspectives. It makes old and new voices of Swahili poetry and African literature accessible to a wider readership in East Africa, and beyond. Abdalla has lived in exile since 1973, in Tanzania, London, and subsequently, until now, in Germany. Nevertheless, Swahili literature and Kenyan politics have remained central to his life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgements
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Section 1. Poet in Politics
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. ‘Deep Language’ Crossing Borders
  2. Rose Marie Beck
  3. pp. 3-10
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  1. Abdilatif Abdalla and the Voice of Prophecy
  2. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  3. pp. 11-18
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  1. Abdilatif Abdalla: Poet and Activist, Voice of the Discontented, Voice of Humanity
  2. Kai Kresse
  3. pp. 19-34
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  1. Whither Swahili Literature? Translation and the World Recognition of Abdilatif Abdalla’s Sauti ya Dhiki
  2. Said Ahmed Khamis
  3. pp. 35-44
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  1. The Poetics of Abdilatif Abdalla’s Agony
  2. Mohamed Bakari
  3. pp. 45-54
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  1. Doing Things with Words in Prison Poetry
  2. Ken Walibora Waliaula
  3. pp. 55-64
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  1. The Urgency of Memory in an Age of Greed
  2. Ahmed Rajab
  3. pp. 65-74
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  1. Section 2. Selected Works of Abdilatif Abdalla
  2. p. 75
  1. Kenya: Twendapi? (Facsimile Pages)
  2. Abdilatif Abdalla
  3. pp. 76-80
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  1. Wajibu wa Mshairi Katika Jamii Yake
  2. Abdilatif Abdalla
  3. pp. 81-86
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  1. Matatizo ya Mwandishi wa Jamii Katika Afrika Huru
  2. Abdilatif Abdalla
  3. pp. 87-96
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  1. The Right and Might of a Pen
  2. Abdilatif Abdalla
  3. pp. 97-100
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  1. Section 3. Contexts
  2. pp. 101-102
  1. Hope and Despair in Kenyan Politics During and After Independence
  2. Sheikh Abdilahi Nassir
  3. pp. 103-108
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  1. Existentialism and Swahili Literature
  2. Alena Rettová
  3. pp. 109-122
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  1. Language in Africa Between the Local and the Global: How Political are ‘Dialects’?
  2. H. Ekkehard Wolff
  3. pp. 123-132
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  1. Section 4. Congratulatory Texts
  2. pp. 133-134
  1. Kwa Abdilatif Abdalla
  2. Irmtraud Herms
  3. p. 135
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  1. Kumsherehekea Abdilatif Abdalla
  2. Jasmin Mahazi
  3. pp. 136-138
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  1. Dear Abdilatif, dear friends and colleagues, ladies and gentlemen
  2. Gudrun Miehe
  3. pp. 139-142
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  1. Ndugu wote
  2. Othman Miraji Othman
  3. pp. 143-145
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  1. Kumkumbuka Bwana Abdilatif Abdalla –Mwalimu Wetu
  2. Wanafunzi wa Chuo Kikuu cha Leipzig
  3. p. 146
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789987753482
Related ISBN
9789987753383
MARC Record
OCLC
946704363
Pages
154
Launched on MUSE
2016-05-15
Language
English
Open Access
No
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