In the Shadow of A Saint

In the Shadow of A Saint

A Son's Journey to Understand His Father's Legacy

Book - 2001
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In late 1995, the little-known Ogoni region in Nigeria became a fable for our times. Ken Saro-Wiwa, a renowned poet and environmentalist, was campaigning to protect his Ogoni people against the encroachments of Shell Oil and a brutal dictatorship. He was imprisoned, tortured, brought to trial on trumped-up charges, and executed. At the heart of the public campaign to save Ken Saro-Wiwa was another Ken Wiwa--the author's son--who travelled the world lobbying world leaders and mobilizing public opinion, so that his father was recognized as a hero and a symbol of the struggle for environmental justice. The Saro-Wiwa name became global currency for righteousness. Ken Wiwa has embarked on a book that tells the story--from a human, anecdotal perspective--of what it means to grow up as a child in the shadow of such extraordinary men and women. In the end, it's about Ken's attempts to make peace with himself and his father--following his journey as he reaches toward a final rendezvous with the father who was snatched by the hangman.
Publisher: South Royalton, Vt. : Steerforth Press, c2001.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9781586420253
Branch Call Number: 966.9053 Wiwa 2001
Characteristics: xxiii, 247 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Apr 07, 2017

I was struck by how ordinary the writing was, and how little clarity the author added to the story of his father.


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