From the first Black winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and one of our fiercest political activists, a fictional meditation on power and greed—at once a literary hoot, a whodunit, and a scathing indictment of political and social corruption.
In an imaginary Nigeria, a cunning entrepreneur is selling body parts stolen from Dr. Menka’s hospital for use in ritualistic practices. Dr. Menka shares the grisly news with his oldest college friend, bon viveur, star engineer, and Yoruba royal, Duyole Pitan-Payne. The life of every party, Duyole is about to assume a prestigious post at the United Nations in New York, but it now seems that someone is determined that he might not make it there. And neither Dr. Menka nor Duyole knows why, or how close the enemy is, or how powerful.
Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth is a stirring call to arms against the abuse of power from one of our fiercest political activists, who also happens to be a global literary giant.
Wole Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986. Born in Abeokuta, Nigeria, in 1934, he is an author, playwright, poet, and political activist whose prolific body of work includes The Interpreters, his debut novel that was published in 1965, and Death and the King's Horseman, a play that was first performed in 1976. Soyinka was twice jailed in Nigeria for his criticism of the Nigerian government, and he destroyed his U.S. Green Card in 2016 when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
- Publisher: Pantheon (September 28, 2021)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- ISBN-10: 0593320166
- ISBN-13: 9780593320167
- Item Weight: 1.25 pounds
- UNSPSC-Code: 55101500
- Dimensions: 6.13 x 1 x 9.25 inches