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Death and the King's Horseman - 2nd Edition by Wole Soyinka (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 77

Genre: Drama

Sub-Genre: African

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Age Range: Adult

Author: Wole Soyinka

Language: English

Street Date: April 17, 2002
TCIN: 79255611
UPC: 9780393322996
Item Number (DPCI): 247-19-3174
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



A Nobel Prize-winning playwright's classic tale of tragic decisions in a traditional African culture.



Book Synopsis



Based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946, Wole Soyinka's powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king's chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer. The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and Elesin's son arrives home.



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?Death and the King's Horseman blends European literary theater with total-theater traditions from the Yoruba tribe in Southwest Nigeria. Through poetry, chorus, politics, and storytelling, Soyinka both entertains and asks subtle questions about mass psychology, individual psychology, and universal human struggles of the will. "

?Death and the King's Horseman blends European literary theater with total-theater traditions from the Yoruba tribe in Southwest Nigeria. Through poetry, chorus, politics, and storytelling, Soyinka both entertains and asks subtle questions about mass psychology, individual psychology, and universal human struggles of the will.

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