By Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
Set within the wake of the Mau Mau uprising and at the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat follows a gaggle of villagers whose lives were remodeled by means of the 1952–1960 Emergency. on the middle of all of it is the reticent Mugo, the village's selected hero and a guy haunted via a bad mystery. As we examine of the villagers' tangled histories in a story interwoven with delusion and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, together with Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly tale unfolds within which compromises are pressured, friendships are betrayed, and loves are proven.
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The framing was frontal, the colors flat, the prints carefully executed. You couldn’t succeed in desiring these non-places offered to your view. The photographers had wanted neither to magnify nor to dramatize their subjects. The neutrality of their style recalled those of the buildings they had photographed. Life seemed to have escaped them. You thought the photographers were correct: who could have wanted to live in those thankless, immense, and deserted places? Leaving the gallery again, you found that the port zone could easily have figured among them.
There you imagined the life to come: the cityscape existed less for what it was than for what would soon be. Between the town as it was at present, which you had crossed, or the town of the future that your mind constructed based on what your eyes gave it to see, you preferred the town of the past, which the panorama in the museum had shown to you. The photography gallery was 44 located near the port, amid industrial warehouses surrounded by shipping containers and other materials. You walked alongside several sheds and ended up entering into a large gray and white space lit by bay windows situated high up.
You watched the passersby and you gathered statistics to keep yourself busy. You counted the number of women, men, and children. You classified people by age, by their probable jobs, or according to more subjective criteria, like the taste revealed by their clothing, or the strangeness of their gait. You stayed for two hours doing this on the terrace of the café. After having reread these statistics, you were struck by their absurdity. What meaning did this inventory have, for which no one had any use and with which you would do nothing?
A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o