Panel Discussion | April 28 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
Ngũgĩ wa Thiongo is one of the worlds most prominent African writers working today, often on the radar for the Nobel Prize. He joins us to discuss the American release of Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir. In 1977, he was imprisoned by the Kenyan government in a maximum security facility because of his artistic defiance of a regime. In prison, he penned a novelon toilet paper, the only paper to which he had accessthat would become his classic, Devil on the Cross. He will discuss the prison experience, challenges of writing fiction under twenty-four-hour surveillance, and the spirit of defiance that defines hope. He testifies to the power of imagination to help humans break free of confinement, the story of all art. It is an honor to welcome him to Berkeley.