The title itself represents the enormous arc of time covering the long and awful years in African history that were traversed and endured. This wide span of African history reduced to just two hundred pages has given rise to doubts as to its authenticity as a novel even though it interpretes history creatively. His secondary schooling was at the prestigious Achimota College. Next at Harvard University he received a degree in sociology.

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In , he returned to Ghana, where he was a scriptwriter for Ghana Television and later taught English at the Navrongo Secondary School. Between and , he was editor of Jeune Afrique magazine in Paris. He has lived in Dakar , Senegal , since the s.

In Fragments , the protagonist, Baako, is a "been-to" — a man who has been to the United States and received his education there. Back in Ghana he is regarded with superstitious awe as a link to the Western lifestyle. Under the strain of the unfulfilled expectations Baako finally breaks. As in his first novel, Armah contrasts the two worlds of materialism and moral values, corruption and dreams, two worlds of integrity and social pressure.

Why Are We So Blest? Disillusioned Modin is torn between independence and Western values. Solo, the rejected writer, keeps a diary, which is the substance of the novel. Arab and European oppressors are portrayed as "predators," "destroyers," and "zombies". The novel is written in allegorical tone, and shifts from autobiographical and realistic details to philosophical pondering, prophesying a new age. The Healers mixed fact and fiction about the fall of the Ashanti Empire. The healers in question are traditional medicine practitioners who see fragmentation as the lethal disease of Africa.

Armah remained silent as a novelist for a long period until , when he published Osiris Rising , depicting a radical educational reform group that reinstates ancient Egypt at the centre of its curriculum. Belonging to the generation of African writers after Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka , Armah has been said to "epitomize an era of intense despair.

His main concern is for the creation of a pan-African agency that will embrace all the diverse cultures and languages of the continent. Armah has called for the adoption of Kiswahili as the continental language. Selected bibliography[ edit ] Novels.



Gardarg Anything by Armah is magical and spirit redefining. Portraying the warrior spirit of collective responsibility and survival,for Afrikan nations history interupted by invaders. Good style and well-written. Two Thousand Seasons is a story of triumphs of the spirit and the will, despite unspeakable horrors, oppression, and betrayals.


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I read this book not long after returning from living in West Africa. Two Thousand Seasons You can leave a responseor trackback from your own site. Much of this is dramatically related, though some of the chronicle is overly simple and overly stark. So clearly, it is a fact that the ancient woman is endowed with sezsons amount of wisdom.

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