THE BURDEN OF MEMORY, THE MUSE OF FORGIVENESS.
New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A powerful collection of essays by this Nobel Laureate writer, originally delivered at Harvard University in 1997 as the inaugural lectures at the W. E. B. DuBois Institute Macmillan series. " In the face of centuries-long devastation wrought on the African continent and her diaspora by slavery, colonialism, apartheid and racism, what form of recompense could possibly be adequate? .... Soyinka examines the question, illuminating the principle duty and 'near intolerable burden' of memory to bear the record of injustice." Leopold Senghor, Martin Luther King, the genocide in Sudan, the atrocities in Nigeria are just a few of the topics Soyinka touches on. SIGNED on the title page. Index. 208 pp. ISBN: 0-19-5122054.