Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature by Ngugi wa Thiong’o



James Currey Press, 1986 (paperback, £14.99)

Decolonising the Mind: the Politics of Language in African Literature  by the Kenyan novelist and post-colonial theorist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, is a collection of essays about language and its constructive role in national culture, history, and identity. The book, which advocates linguistic decolonization, is one of Ngũgĩ’s best-known and most-cited non-fiction publications, helping to cement him as a preeminent voice theorizing the “language debate” in postcolonial studies.

Ngũgĩ describes the book as “a summary of some of the issues in which I have been passionately involved for the last twenty years of my practice in fiction, theatre, criticism, and in teaching of literature”.