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I Refuse to Die: My Journey for Freedom (The Autobiography of Koigi wa Wamwere)

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An extraordinary account of how a laborer's son rose to challenge the power of despots, I Refuse to Die is both the autobiography of one gifted man who rose above the horrors of colonization, and an uncensored history of modern Kenya. The book is infused with the freedom songs of the Kenyan people, as well as dream prophecy and folk tales that are part of Kenya's rich storytelling tradition. Tracing the roots of the Mau Mau rebellion, wa Wamwere follows the evolution and degeneration of Jomo Kenyatta and the rise of Daniel arap Moi.

In 1979, wa Wamwere won a seat in the parliament, where he represented the economically depressed Nakuru district for three years. An outspoken activist and journalist, wa Wamwere was framed and detained on three separate instances, spending thirteen years in prison, where he was tortured but not broken. His mother and others led a hunger strike to free him and fellow political prisoners. Their efforts brought about a show trial at which Koigi was sentenced to four more years in prison and "six strokes of the cane," and escaped Kenya — and probably execution — only through the exertions of human rights groups and the government of Norway.

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"Fascinating....It is difficult to complete I Refuse to Die without admiring Koigi's selflessness and courage." Washington Post Book World

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"This strange and powerful work mixes memoir, social history, polemic, and manifesto. A terrifying work of enormous importance that contrasts humanity with bestiality, dignity with depravity." Kirkus Reviews

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"Gripping....Despite his personal suffering and Kenya's struggles through colonial and postcolonial strife, wa Wamwere exhibits resilience and optimism in his inspiring autobiography." Booklist

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"Koigi wa Wamwere, in life and print, challenges us to make freedom a word that means something tangible for all." Rain Taxi

About the Author

Kenyan Koigi wa Wamwere, a political activist, statesman, and journalist, has been fighting for social change in his home country for three decades. First elected to Parliament in 1979, his term was cut short when dictator Daniel arap Moi threw him in prison in 1982. In December 2002, wa Wamwere won office for a second time on a social democrat platform, victoriously calling for an end to the Moi years of corruption and oppression.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583225219
Introduction:
Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy
Author:
Koigi, Wa Wamwere
Author:
Richardson, Nan
Author:
Wamwere, Koigi W.
Author:
Wa Wamwere, Koigi
Author:
Koigi wa Wamwere
Author:
Kennedy, Kerry
Author:
Cuomo, Kerry Kennedy
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Kenya
Subject:
Human rights workers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
CURRENT EVENTS / International
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Kenya Politics and government 1963-1978.
Subject:
Kenya Politics and government 1978-
Subject:
Biography-Political
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
ERDC/CRREL TR-02-8
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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Product details 368 pages Seven Stories Press - English 9781583225219 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Fascinating....It is difficult to complete I Refuse to Die without admiring Koigi's selflessness and courage."
"Review" by , "This strange and powerful work mixes memoir, social history, polemic, and manifesto. A terrifying work of enormous importance that contrasts humanity with bestiality, dignity with depravity."
"Review" by , "Gripping....Despite his personal suffering and Kenya's struggles through colonial and postcolonial strife, wa Wamwere exhibits resilience and optimism in his inspiring autobiography."
"Review" by , "Koigi wa Wamwere, in life and print, challenges us to make freedom a word that means something tangible for all."
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