Fragments [Ayi Kwei Armah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A member of the African elite groping its way out of the background of. ALT 34 Diaspora & Returns in Fiction November Armah’s Second Novel. Ayi Kwei Armah, Fragments, Houghton Mifflin, New York, I The reputation of Armah’s second novel has been held back by its.

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A powerful work by Armah, exploring the arcane world of madness, materialism, and all sorts of misplaced values rather deep-seated. Upon leaving Harvard he become actively involved in the struggle for African liberation of Algeria, which had just emerged from its armed struggle for independence from France. Help Improve the Blog with a Comment. A member of the African elite groping its way out of the background of slavery and colonialism, Baako see his education as reparation for the lifework of a socially innovative artist.

A member of the African elite groping his way out of the background of slavery and colonialism, Baako sees his education as preparation for the lifework of a socially innovative artist. In Fragments, the maternal inheritance system as practised by the Akan ethic group comes alive, as Baako’s father, whether dead or alive was not mentioned.

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Between andhe was editor of Jeune Afrique magazine in Paris. I liked this book. No eBook available Amazon.

The place is run by this so-called elite of pompous asses trained to do nothing. Okay I would be careful next time not to give away endings. Any work of art could perform any of these functions.

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. In his purgatorial passage through the increasingly foreign world of his native Accra, Baako rejects his corrupt fragkents sinecure and abhors his family’s materialism, resigns his post at Ghanavision when his idealistic television screenplays are rejected as subversive, recoils in disgust from the colonial posturings of official laureates at state-subsidized literary soirees, and finally, when his inspired notebook expositions on Ghana’s modern cargo mentality are mistaken by his mother as signs of madness, is committed to a mental asylum where he really goes mad.


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And so while Brempong brings so many goodies for his family, Baako carries almost nothing ayj. Anonymous 27 December at This sounds really interesting. His family, more pragmatic, expects an elite resume to convert into power and wealth in the real world here and now.

You are certainly right and you had the right words…thus…symbolist. Customers who bought this item also bought. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In Algeria, Armah worked as a translator for the magazine Revolution Africaine until his health failed toward the end of Armah always tackles his sure raw.

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He currently lives in Dakar, Senegal. Ayi Kwei Armah writing […]. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. For Brempong, the strutting “big man” Baako encounters on the plane from Paris, worth is measured wholly by “beautiful things” like his Dutch butane lighter which “seemed to have been sculpted entirely kwek of light”. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Unable to harmonize countervailing needs with wider social aspirations, srmah family and individual drift toward confrontation and inexorable loss.

Starts off a little too pedantically and is a bit too agenda-driven for my tastes, but still, it’s wonderful to be introduced by a friend to this Ghanaian writer–and the ending was terrific, if a little overwrought. What is the most important thing that Africans who travel outside the continent to say, the United States, can bring home?

They change, they disappear entirely, and they are replaced. Share your thoughts with other customers. But I have read Two Thousand Seasons and do agree with what novisi said and think it applies to all his work. Sep 06, Brandon Phillips rated it it was amazing.


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The prose is classic Armah – long, verbose and poetic. Sounds like it shows cultural expectations and how people expect certain kei whether they are for the better of everyone or not. His coming back home was with trepidation as to what he would discover or uncover, what he would do with himself and the expectations of the people around him. Like Beautyful Ones, the main character is a morally righteous man suffering from existential angst and struggling against a corrupt society.

March 14, at Yet, Baako had his values; values he held in high esteem such as prompt response to issues, priority settings, and efficiency.

The fratments contrasts the decadence and materialism of those who see Baako as a cash cow with the philosophy of his blind grandmother, Naana, whose concerns are not of this earth. Unfortunately for Baako, his family has high expectations.

The relatives who expected much in return. The clash between cultures and generations also came not as a surprise. Furthermore, Fragments uses almost explicit references to French existentialists, as well as Chinua Achebe, that come off awkwardly. He was educated at the elite Achimota College, near Accra, and received a degree in sociology from Harvard University in You are commenting using your Facebook account.

His family, more pragmatic, expects an elite resume to convert into power and wealth in the real world here and now Wonderful reading, as I recall. That is how all living things come back after long absences, and in the whole great world all things are living things.