Matigari by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"Matigari" is a novel set in a post-colonial African nation, where the protagonist, who is a freedom fighter, emerges from the forest after the country's liberation, intent on finding justice and peace. However, he finds a society still deeply entrenched in corruption and oppression. The narrative uses allegory and symbolism to explore themes of justice, truth, and the fight against inequality. The protagonist's quest for justice becomes a threat to the government, leading to a manhunt for a man who is merely a myth.

The 2920th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 150

Since this book was first published in 1986, there is a penalty of 19.2%. The age adjusted score is 121.2.

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