Moving the Centre

Moving the Centre

The Struggle for Cultural Freedoms

Ngugi wa Thiong'o


James Currey



Ngugi advocates a cultural shift to redress the last 400 years of domination by a handful of western nations.
In this collection Ngugi is concerned with moving the centre in two senses - between nations and within nations - in order to contribute to the freeing of world cultures from the restrictive walls of nationalism, class, race and gender

Between nations the need is to move the centre from its assumed location in the West to a multiplicity of spheres in all the cultures of the world. Within nations the move should be away from all minority class establishments to the real creative centre among working people in conditions of racial, religious and gender equality.

Kenya: EAEP


January 1993
208 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
ISBN: 9780852555309
Format: Paperback
James Currey
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If reading Ngugi's fiction can stir people from stupor, reading his non-fiction works can only do that in greater measure. He has significantly contributed to moving the center through his many years of resistance and writing both fiction and non-fiction in English and especially in Kikuyu. - Nikhil Aziz in AFRICA TODAY
The compelling emotional force of this book emerges from Ngugi's convincing emphasis on a truly universal human culture and his continuing ability to personalize large political issues and to persuasively politicize his own personal experiences. CHOICE
... the poet or storyteller, he argues, cannot perform his function within his own society unless he shares and enriches its tongue. The Kenyan government only moved decisively against him when he began to do precisely that, first imprisoning him, then driving him into exile. - Gerald Moore in LE MONDE DIPLOMATIQUE
For a long time, Ngugi's was a lone voice howling against the wind. Now people like Edward Said have joined in the war against cultural imperialism. - Anver Versi in NEW AFRICAN

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