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Rob Nixon, 4 April 1996

A Month and a Day: A Detention Diary 
by Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Penguin, 256 pp., £6.99, December 1995, 9780140258684
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... anti-neo-colonialism – has been inseparable from their socialism. One thinks, for instance, of Ngugi wa Thiong’ o’s Barrel of the Pen and Mafika Gwala’s essay, ‘Writing as a Cultural Weapon’ (the credo for a generation of South African writers). Saro-Wiwa was unusual in cultivating an international sensibility and stood aside from the ...

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