An elegy on the death of Kenyan fiction

In this July 27, 2004 file photo, Poet and activist Dr Maya Angelou addresses the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. She built a career out of serialising her life into a total of eight books . PHOTO| FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • When we go to blogs and hashtags for our literary sustenance, are we really missing out on the staple nourishment provided by a good novel or folktale?
  • Before we appear to set up a fixed “either/or” wall between the ways of the novel and those of these bustling digital spaces of free expression, let us acknowledge that the two share numerous things including their methods and motivations.

As we await the arrival of that great Kenyan novel that will knock A Grain of Wheat and Margaret Ogola's books off the bestseller charts, we must – given all the things that are happening as we wait -- ask ourselves whether by the time it arrives, the allure of fiction will still exist.


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