內容簡介 首位非裔諾貝爾文學獎得主 Wole Soyinka 睽違50年新作！【首位非裔諾貝爾文學獎得主｜Wole Soyinka睽違50年新作】 ✰榮獲貝爾文學獎的非裔作家Wole Soyinka，半世紀以來全新力作，聚焦在權利和貪婪如何腐蝕一個國家的靈魂有深刻描寫，進行殘酷的諷刺與省思。 ✰既是一部文學作品，亦是一部引人入迷的偵探小說，同時更是對腐敗政治、社會發起的嚴厲控訴，由全球文學巨擘發出激勵人心的歡呼，注視反對濫用公權力的政治社會活動。看似狂歡笑鬧，實則處處譏誚的悲喜劇，對祖國時政提出控訴。The first Black winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature gives us a tour de force, his first novel in nearly half a century: a savagely satiric, gleefully irreverent, rollicking fictional meditation on how power and greed can corrupt the soul of a nation. In an imaginary Nigeria, a cunning entrepreneur is selling body parts stolen from Dr. Menka's hospital for use in ritualistic practices. Dr. Menka shares the grisly news with his oldest college friend, bon viveur, star engineer, and Yoruba royal, Duyole Pitan-Payne. The life of every party, Duyole is about to assume a prestigious post at the United Nations in New York, but it now seems that someone is determined that he not make it there. And neither Dr. Menka nor Duyole knows why, or how close the enemy is, or how powerful. Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth is at once a literary hoot, a crafty whodunit, and a scathing indictment of political and social corruption. It is a stirring call to arms against the abuse of power from one of our fiercest political activists, who also happens to be a global literary giant.
作者介紹 Wole Soyinka Wole Soyinka-playwright, novelist, poet and polemical essayist-was born in Nigeria in 1934. Educated there and at Leeds University, he worked in the British theatre before returning to West Africa in 1960. In 1986 he became the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. His plays include The Jero Plays (1960, 1966), The Road (1965), The Lion and the Jewel (1966), Madmen and Specialists (1971), Death and the King's Horseman (1975), A Play with Giants (1984), A Scourge of Hyacinths (1991) and From Zia, With Love (1992). His novels include The Interpreters (1973) and Season of Anomy (1980). His collections of poetry include Idanre (1967), A Shuttle in the Crypt (1972)-composed during a period of over two years in prison without trial, most of it in solitary confinement-and Mandela's Earth (1990). In 1988, his collection of essays on literature and culture, Art, Dialogue and Outrage was published. He has also written three autobiographical volumes Aké: The Years of Childhood (1981), Ìsarà: A Voyage Around Essay (1989) and Ibadan (1994). Since 2007 he has been Professor in Residence at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.