ISBN 9781868883295
Pages 100
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2005
Publisher UNISA Press, South Africa
Format Paperback

Wole Soyinka. The Invention & The Detainee

edited by Zodwa Motsa

This is the first formal publication of two early plays by Soyinka, The Invention (1959) and The Detainee (1965). Widely regarded as Soyinka's first play, The Invention reflects the obsession with race that marked the apartheid regime, and prophetically depicts the beginnings of the crumbling of the apartheid system in the futuristic setting of Johannesburg in 1976. It expresses the concern of the African diapsora with apartheid, which was felt to be an affront to the entire race. The Detainee is a radioplay. The plot foreshadows the writer's own imprisonment and his now familiar concerns about the vagaries of African politics.
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'these plays are not by any means masterpieces but they are not to be disparaged for they take us back to the first manifestation of a creative genius that was soon to flourish...they not only afford us a more complex view of the Soyinka corpus but also enable us to grasp the thematic and expressive continuities within that corpus'.

Abiola Irele
About the Editor

Zodwa Motsa

Zodwa Motsa is a member of the Department of English Studies at the University of South Africa.

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