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The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness : W.E.B. Du Bois Institute - Wole Soyinka

The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness

W.E.B. Du Bois Institute

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Published: 1st January 2000
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Nobel Laureate in Literature Wole Soyinka considers all of Africa--indeed, all the world--as he poses this question: once repression stops, is reconciliation between oppressor and victim possible? In the face of centuries-long devastation wrought on the African continent and her Diaspora by slavery, colonialism, Apartheid, and the manifold faces of racism, what form of recompense could possibly suffice? In a voice as eloquent and humane as it is forceful, Soyinka boldly challenges in these pages the notions of simple forgiveness, confession, and absolution as strategies for social healing. Ultimately, he turns to art--poetry, music, painting, etc.--as the one source that can nourish the seed of reconciliation: art is the generous vessel that can hold together the burden of memory and the hope of forgiveness.
Based on Soyinka's Stewart-McMillan lectures delivered at the DuBois Institute at Harvard, The Burden of Memory speaks not only to those concerned specifically with African politics, but also to anyone seeking the path to social justice through some of history's most inhospitable terrain.

"Inspiring and original....Soyinka's analysis of the 20th century problem of memory and forgiveness in the African world is both timely and important. Soyinka's analysis of the problem is an initial volley in what will surely become a 21st century debate." --The New York Times Book Review "Robust with extensive allusions to politics, religion, history, and, of course, literature....Soyinka's quest in this book is for true restitution for all the moral and material wrongs done to Africa, whether through slavery or colonialism, whether by the West or the East."--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle "Powerful."--Kirkus "Robust with extensive allusions to politics, religion, history, and, of course, literature....Soyinka's quest in this book is for true restitution for all the moral and material wrongs done to Africa, whether through slavery or colonialism, whether by the West or the East."--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle "Daunting and worthwhile....Soyinka's view through the microscope at the end of the Petri dish that is Africa is, in itself, important....It is a book that forces you to read each sentence, drink it, absorb it and move to the next."--ForeWord "Wole Soyinka's distinction as a writer and his courage as a spokesperson for democracy in Africa are unparalleled. With a vast cultural perspective enriched with poetic resonance, Soyinka stages here a dramatic representation of existence."--Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University "Powerful."--Kirkus "The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness offers a moving and eloquent look at a handful of African nations once torn by repression."--America "Soyinka's arguments, delivered with furious eloquence, are wide in scope and should be taken seriously."--San Diego Union-Tribune "Soyinka is at all times provocative, engaging and enthusiastic in his journey to discovery. Soyinka challenges the readers with ideas, questions and continued searching as he explores the future of Africa with a close eye on its past. The Burden of Memory, the Muse of Forgiveness serves up important reminders in rebuilding nations and the spirits of its citizens." --Jason Zappe, Syndicated "Inspiring and original....Soyinka's analysis of the 20th century problem of memory and forgiveness in the African world is both timely and important. Soyinka's analysis of the problem is an initial volley in what will surely become a 21st-century debate." --Caryl Phillips, New York Times Book Review

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Reparations, Truth, and Reconciliationp. 23
L.S. Senghor and Negritude: Paccuse, mais, je pardonnep. 93
Negritude and the Gods of Equityp. 145
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780195134285
ISBN-10: 0195134281
Series: W.E.B. Du Bois Institute
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.29 x 11.99  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.2