Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir
TITLE: Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir
- Publisher : Vintage (5 April 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1784702242
- ISBN-13 : 978-1784702243
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s powerful prison memoir begins half an hour before his release on 12 December 1978. A year earlier, he recalls, armed police arrived at his home and took him to Kenya’s Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. There, Ngugi lives in a block alongside other political prisoners, but he refuses to give in to the humiliation. He decides to write a novel in secret, on toilet paper – it is a book that will become his classic, Devil on the Cross.
Wrestling with the Devil is Ngugi’s unforgettable account of the drama and challenges of living under twenty-four-hour surveillance. He captures not only the pain caused by his isolation from his family, but also the spirit of defiance and the imaginative endeavours that allowed him to survive.