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Published 1971 by East African Publishing House, Nairobi (Modern African Library)

Two Songs by Okot p'Bitek
Song of Prisoner; Song of Malaya
Illustrated by Trixi Lerbs

WINNER OF 1972 KENYATTA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

Softcover (pictorial card); 184pp

Okot p'Bitek (7 June 1931 – 20 July 1982) was a Ugandan poet, who achieved wide international recognition for Song of Lawino, a long poem dealing with the tribulations of a rural African wife whose husband has taken up urban life and wishes everything to be westernised. Song of Lawino was originally written in Acholi language, and self-translated to English, and published in 1966. It was a breakthrough work, creating an audience amongst anglophone Africans for direct, topical poetry in English; and incorporating traditional attitudes and thinking in an accessible yet faithful literary vehicle. It was followed by the pendant Song of Ocol (1970), the husband's reply.
In Two Songs, he addressed other issues, in the same style. Song of a Prisoner drew on his reactions to Kenyan politics, and Song of Malaya deals with the life of a prostitute.
The East African Song School or Okot School poetry is now an academic identification of the work following his direction, also popularly called "comic singing": a forceful type of dramatic verse monologue rooted in traditional song and phraseology.

Second-hand book in overall VG/Good condition. Some fading, light creasing and small marks on cover. Edges show light wear. Page edges tanned. Generally clean internally. Glued binding solid

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