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Travelling and writing between England and Nigeria. An interview with Noo Saro-Wiwa


Zaugg, Roberto; Saro-Wiwa, Noo (2017). Travelling and writing between England and Nigeria. An interview with Noo Saro-Wiwa. In: Le Quellec Cottier, Christine; Wyss, Irena. Voir et lire l'Afrique contemporaine. Repenser les identités et les appartenances culturelles. Lausanne: Universités de Genève, Neuchâtel et Lausanne, 145-154.

Abstract

Travelling is at the very heart of Noo Saro-Wiwa’s work as a writer and, in many ways, of her life. Born in Port Harcourt, she grew up in England and studied in London and New York. She has worked as a journalist (The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement and Prospect magazine…) and as a travel guide author (Lonely Planet, Rough Guide). In her award-winning first book, Looking for Transwonderland. Travels in Nigeria (2013), she offers fascinating insights into the diversity and contradictions of Africa’s most populous country, while narrating a very personal journey through her homeland and her family’s history. On April 6, 2017, she gave a talk at the University of Lausanne, discussing the persistence of biases affecting the representation of Africa in literature and journalism as well as the many challenges one faces when writing about this continent in the 21st century.

Abstract

Travelling is at the very heart of Noo Saro-Wiwa’s work as a writer and, in many ways, of her life. Born in Port Harcourt, she grew up in England and studied in London and New York. She has worked as a journalist (The Guardian, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Times Literary Supplement and Prospect magazine…) and as a travel guide author (Lonely Planet, Rough Guide). In her award-winning first book, Looking for Transwonderland. Travels in Nigeria (2013), she offers fascinating insights into the diversity and contradictions of Africa’s most populous country, while narrating a very personal journey through her homeland and her family’s history. On April 6, 2017, she gave a talk at the University of Lausanne, discussing the persistence of biases affecting the representation of Africa in literature and journalism as well as the many challenges one faces when writing about this continent in the 21st century.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Language:French
Date:2017
Deposited On:06 Sep 2019 13:52
Last Modified:17 Sep 2019 20:31
Publisher:Universités de Genève, Neuchâtel et Lausanne
Series Name:Etudes de lettres
Number:305, 3-4
ISSN:0014-2026
ISBN:978-2-940331-66-6
Additional Information:Full text document will be published online on December 2019
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4000/edl.1046
Related URLs:https://www.recherche-portal.ch/primo-explore/fulldisplay?docid=ebi01_prod000026579&context=L&vid=ZAD&search_scope=default_scope&tab=default_tab&lang=de_DE (Library Catalogue)

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