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Kenya’s Dissident

Victoria Brittain, 3 June 1982

Devil on the Cross 
by Ngugi waThiongo.
Heinemann, 224 pp., £7.50, June 1982, 0 435 90200 8
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Detained: A Writer’s Prison Diary 
by Ngugi waThiongo.
Heinemann, 232 pp., £7.50, June 1981, 9780435906504
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Writers in Politics 
by Ngugi waThiongo.
Heinemann, 320 pp., £6.95, June 1981, 0 435 91752 8
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Ake: The Years of Childhood 
by Wole Soyinka.
Rex Collings, 230 pp., £7.50, August 1981, 0 86036 155 1
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... mist, as they headed down the narrow path churned into mud by the police truck which had brought Ngugi waThiongo home from the year in detention where he produced these books. Finding his house among the muddy maize plots north of Limuru, 20 miles from Nairobi, was easy: a single telephone-wire crossed the ...

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