By Wumi Raji
This ebook specializes in a comparatively overlooked point of African literature. Tijan M. Sallah is a Gambian, and arguably the simplest recognized of the second one iteration of writers from that state. to this point, he has released ten books: 5 collections of poetry, a quantity of brief tales, edited anthology of poetry (the moment one with Tanure Ojaide, the Nigerian poet), a literary biography of Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist (coauthored with Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, presently Nigeria's Minister of Finance), and an ethnographic ebook on Wolof, the dominant ethnic workforce of the Senegambian humans. Tijan M. Sallah gained the Francis Hutchins award for literature in Berea university. Lenrie Peters, arguably the best-known Gambian writer, and mentor to such a lot individuals of the country's second-generation of writers together with Sallah himself, Ebou Dibba, Nana Grey-Johnson, Sheriff Sarr and Gabriel Roberts, defined Sallah because the so much prolific, the main constant, and the main unique Gambian author of his new release. This opinion is greatly shared; for instance, in reviewing Sallah's whilst Africa was once a tender girl for global Literature this day, Charles Larson, the yank student of African literature, opined that "there is little doubt approximately Sallah's talents." Sallah writes utilizing uncomplicated, obtainable language but additionally demonstrates his adventurous aspect in his works (e.g., "Harrow Poems" during which he experiments with rhymes and quatrains). Gambian literature has suffered a few forget in African literary feedback. the cause of this lies within the misguided trust that the rustic has produced little that's necessary of significant scholarly recognition. to ensure, there already exists a pretty tremendous physique of serious works at the writings of Tijan Sallah; and lots of of them, back, are by means of recognized names within the box of literary feedback. a few of these students are Charles Larson, Tanure Ojaide, Emmanuel Obiechina, Ezenwa Ohaeto, Gareth Griffiths, Samuel Garren, Victoria Arana, Stewart Brown, Odun Balogun, Peter Nazareth, Ali Malhani, and Siga Fatima Jagne. As insightful as those writings are besides the fact that, it isn't usually effortless to entry them, scattered as they're in disparate journals, edited books, and compendiums of essays. This booklet fills the distance through because the first book-length severe research either on Tijan M. Sallah and Gambian literature. the 1st a part of the booklet delves into the historical past of the literature with a dialogue of works through best Gambian authors, together with Lenrie Peters, Ebou Dibba after which Tijan Sallah. The center of the booklet then turns the focal point at the works of Tijan Sallah. those chapters discover his progress and improvement as a author and supply serious analyses into his significant works. whereas a number of the chapters take the works jointly in most cases thematic and stylistic dialogue, others specialise in in particular chosen works, examining and learning them heavily. no less than of the chapters undertake a in particular linguistic method; one other find the works in the development of ecopoetry, an rising style of nature poetry; one explores Sallah's poems of convalescence, declaring the healing nature of the writings; and yet one more employs the speculation of phenomenology in conducting an research of Sallah's poetry compared to the works of different significant African poets. the ultimate bankruptcy is a close interview carried out with Sallah. It sheds mild on his existence, his Gambian heritage, and the way this impacts and impacts his writings. modern Literature of Africa: Tijan M. Sallah and Literary Works of The Gambia is critical for all these drawn to Gambian and African literatures, postcolonial writings and international literatures in general.