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Shakespeare in Swahililand HB

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Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures with the Ever-Living Poet
Edward Wilson-Lee (Author)
RRP £20.00

Investigating the literary culture of the early interaction between European countries and East Africa, Edward Wilson-Lee uncovers an extraordinary sequence of stories in which explorers, railway labourers, decadent émigrés, freedom fighters, and pioneering African leaders made Shakespeare their own in this alien land.

Exploring the unexpected history of Shakespeare s global legacy, Shakespeare in Swahililand is a breathtaking combination of travel, history, biography and satire. It traces Shakespeare s influence in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya where Cambridge lecturer Edward Wilson-Lee was raised.

From Victorian expeditions in which the Bard s works were the sole reading material, Wilson-Lee shows how Shakespeare s works have been a vital touchstone throughout the region. The Plays were printed by liberated slaves as one of the first texts in Swahili, performed by Indian labourers while they built the Uganda Railway, used to argue for native rights, and translated by intellectuals, revolutionaries and independence leaders. Revealing how great works can provide a key insight into modern history, these stories investigate the astonishing poignancy of beauty out of place.

Hardback: 320 pages
ISBN: 9780008146191
Dimentions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24 cm

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