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Wole Soyinka in conversation

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The Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian writer introduces his first novel in 48 years, in a livestreamed conversation.

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The story of a doctor and his college friend, Yoruba royal Duyole Pitan-Payne, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth is a dazzlingly brutal story of the nature of greed, power and the soul of a nation.

Born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta, Nigeria, Soyinka published his debut novel in 1964. During the same decade, he became an outspoken political activist and a critic of the Nigerian government, leading to the first of two sentences as a political prisoner.

Since then, Soyinka has remained an enduring critic of successive Nigerian governments, and the nature of corruption at large, even evading a death sentence in absentia. As well as writing fiction, poetry and plays, Soyinka’s political essays and cultural commentary have been met with acclaim around the world.

In 1986, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

He will be in conversation with writer and broadcaster Emma Dabiri.

Presented in partnership with The Southbank Centre.

Guardian Members pre-sale: Monday 12 July at 10am

Tickets on general sale Wednesday14 July at 10am

Running time: 60 minutes

If you live in the United Kingdom, you can purchase a ticket with a copy of Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth at checkout for the special combined price of £27.50 including postage and packing (RRP £20).

Books will be dispatched on 28 September 2021. However, please note that in the current circumstances, some books may be delayed. If we experience any delay in getting your copy to you, we will contact you by email to let you know.

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