This book examines Ayi Kwei Armahs five novels: The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968), Fragments (1969), Two Thousand Seasons (1973), The Healers (1973), and Osiris Rising (1995).Drawing on a thorough discussion of the five novels, the book probes the resistive moves in the works of the Ghanian writer. Openly and unambiguously, the protagonists of the last three novels not only make bold moves in calling for resistance against Africas failed ruling elite and the complicity of their foreign collaborators. They also forcefully advocate unceasing involvement by all progressive African forces to dislodge the domination of the many by the few.
The first two novels, which meticulously scan the deterioration of Africas socio-political and economic institutions, provide the rationale to legitimize resistance and the collective action of Africas masses to end corruption and domination. Hope in the Midst of Despair looks at these two novels, widely acknowledged by critics as Africas most piercing and daring protest fiction, as preparatory and necessary works that mirror sun-Saharan African reality through their exhaustive diagnosis of the regions social and political ills. Based on what the diagnosis reveals, Armah offers cures for the "diseased" continent in the next three novels.
- Publisher : Africa World Press (January 1, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592212158
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592212156
- Item Weight : 10.5 ounces