Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known, Paperback

Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known Paperback


With sections tellingly entitled "Outsiders", "Of Exits", "Fugitive Phases", and "Elegies" these poems were for the most part written during a period of enforced travelling, when the poet had a price placed on his head by the Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha.

They offer a global perspective on the last, troubled decade of the 20th century with meditations on the deaths of Francois Miterrand and the Nigerian dissident Ken Saro-Wiwa as well as invocations to fellow writers such as Josef Brodsky and Chinua Achebe.

This collection unites Soyinka's public persona with insights into a much more private poetic search.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9780413772558



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