The Upright Revolution

Or Why Humans Walk Upright

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

The Upright Revolution

Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Sunandini Banerjee
48 pages | illustrated in color throughou | 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2019
Cloth $21.50 ISBN: 9780857426475 Published November 2019 World sales rights except India
Science has given us several explanations for how humans evolved from walking on four limbs to two feet. None, however, is as riveting as what master storyteller Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o offers in The Upright Revolution. Blending myth and folklore with an acute insight into the human psyche and politics, Wa Thiong’o conjures up a fantastic fable about how and why humans began to walk upright. It is a story that will appeal to children and adults alike, containing a clear and important message: “Life is connected.”
 
Originally written in Gikuyu, this short story has been translated into sixty-three languages—forty-seven of them African—making it the most translated story in the history of African literature. This new collector’s edition of The Upright Revolution is richly illustrated in full color with Sunandini Banerjee’s marvellous digital collages, which open up new vistas of imagination and add unique dimensions to the story.
 
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