ISBN 9789987521593
Pages 176
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2009
Publisher E & D Ltd., Tanzania
Format Paperback

Silent Empowerment of the Compatriots

by Gabriel Ruhumbika

Winner of the 1997 Tanzania Best Book Prize Silent Empowerment of the Compatriots is a powerful historical novel which forces us to re- think the whole notion of independence and the construction of a new society. It scans 50 years of Tanzania history through the lives of two families differently endowed. The family of Saidi son of Jabiri, which represents the poor workers, is running away from death which has decimated his family, the only thing of value, while that of Nzoka Mwanakulanga, representing the rising national bourgeoisie is in search of position, wealth and pleasure. These two families are juxtaposed as their lives mirror the country's struggles with the economy and politics, colonialism and demand for independence, commitment to nationalism, to give us a scathing picture of the fates of the classes they represent: the sinking into abject poverty of the working class and the rising into wealth and adoration of the national bourgeoisie.

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About the Author

Gabriel Ruhumbika

Gabriel Ruhumbika, B.A. (Hons.) London, Ph.D. Paris (Sorbonne) is professor of literature, author, translator and editor of several books. He taught at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for 15 years before moving to University of Hampton, Virginia, U.S.A in 1985. From 1992, he has been working as Professor of Comparative Literature at University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.