A Grain of Wheat Paperback
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
Originally published in 1967, Ngugi's third novel is his best known and most ambitious work. "A Grain of Wheat" portrays several characters in a village whose intertwined lives are transformed by the 1952-1960 Emergency in Kenya.
As the action follows the village's arrangements for Uhuru (independence) Day.
This is a novel of stories within stories, a narrative interwoven with myth as well as allusions to real-life leaders of the nationalist struggle, including Jomo Kenyatta.
At the centre of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret.
As events unfold, compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed and loves are tested.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/02/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141186993