One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir
Title: One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir
Author: Binyavanga Wainaina
BIOGRAPHY 921 WAINAINA
In telling his life story, Wainaina, a Caine Prize for African Writing winner and currently a teacher at Bard College in NY state, tells also the contemporary history of Kenya as seen through the eyes of a unique child and young adult.
In this vivid and compelling debut memoir, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his mother’s religious period, his failed attempt to study in South Africa as a computer programmer, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood.
Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. A series of fascinating international reporting assignments follow. Finally he circles back to a Kenya in the throes of postelection violence and finds he is not the only one questioning the old certainties.
Resolutely avoiding stereotype and cliché, Wainaina paints every scene in One Day I Will Write About This Place with a highly distinctive and hugely memorable brush.