And Crocodiles are Hungry at Night

Jack Mapanje

Date Published :
December 2012
Publisher :
Ayebia Clarke Publishing
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9780956240170
Pages : 448
Dimensions : 8 X 5 inches
Stock Status : In stock


This book is a powerful contribution to the genre of the prison memoir in Africa. Jack Mapanje represents the moving account of a poet’s imprisonment by the state, the struggle to probe the hidden motives behind his arrest and his attempt to provide an unforgettable record of the architecture of imprisonment, the archeology of oppression and the perpetual struggle between the forces of trust and those of naked power. Mapanje’s release after three years, seven months and sixteen days was largely due to British and international protest campaigns by human rights organizations and ordinary citizens. This book is a must read for anyone who believes in international justice and freedom of expression. A moving contribution to the growing world literature of incarceration. As such, it has universal appeal.

About The Author

Jack Mapanje is a Malawian poet, linguist, editor and human rights activist and was formerly head of the English department at the University of Malawi. He was imprisoned on 25 September 1987 by the Dictator Hastings Kamuzu Banda of Malawi for his dissenting views and radical poetry. Upon his release on 10 May 1991 he went into exile with his family in the UK. He has published five books of poetry, edited one anthology of African prison writing and co-edited two anthologies of African oral and written poetry and an African Writers’ Handbook.

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