By Wumi Raji
This publication makes a speciality of a comparatively ignored element of African literature. Tijan M. Sallah is a Gambian, and arguably the easiest identified of the second one new release of writers from that kingdom. so far, he has released ten books: 5 collections of poetry, a quantity of brief tales, edited anthology of poetry (the moment one with Tanure Ojaide, the Nigerian poet), a literary biography of Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist (coauthored with Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, presently Nigeria's Minister of Finance), and an ethnographic e-book on Wolof, the dominant ethnic workforce of the Senegambian humans. Tijan M. Sallah gained the Francis Hutchins award for literature in Berea collage. Lenrie Peters, arguably the best-known Gambian writer, and mentor to such a lot participants of the country's second-generation of writers together with Sallah himself, Ebou Dibba, Nana Grey-Johnson, Sheriff Sarr and Gabriel Roberts, defined Sallah because the so much prolific, the main constant, and the main unique Gambian author of his new release. This opinion is extensively shared; for instance, in reviewing Sallah's while Africa used to be a tender lady for international Literature this day, Charles Larson, the yankee student of African literature, opined that "there is no doubt approximately Sallah's talents." Sallah writes utilizing uncomplicated, obtainable language but additionally demonstrates his adventurous facet in his works (e.g., "Harrow Poems" during which he experiments with rhymes and quatrains). Gambian literature has suffered a few forget in African literary feedback. the cause of this lies within the inaccurate trust that the rustic has produced little that's precious of significant scholarly awareness. to ensure, there already exists a pretty giant physique of serious works at the writings of Tijan Sallah; and lots of of them, back, are via famous names within the box of literary feedback. a few of these students are Charles Larson, Tanure Ojaide, Emmanuel Obiechina, Ezenwa Ohaeto, Gareth Griffiths, Samuel Garren, Victoria Arana, Stewart Brown, Odun Balogun, Peter Nazareth, Ali Malhani, and Siga Fatima Jagne. As insightful as those writings are despite the fact that, it's not frequently effortless to entry them, scattered as they're in disparate journals, edited books, and compendiums of essays. This booklet fills the space by way of because the first book-length serious examine either on Tijan M. Sallah and Gambian literature. the 1st a part of the ebook delves into the history of the literature with a dialogue of works through top Gambian authors, together with Lenrie Peters, Ebou Dibba after which Tijan Sallah. The middle of the ebook then turns the focal point at the works of Tijan Sallah. those chapters discover his development and improvement as a author and supply serious analyses into his significant works. whereas many of the chapters take the works jointly normally thematic and stylistic dialogue, others specialize in particularly chosen works, interpreting and learning them heavily. at the very least of the chapters undertake a in particular linguistic procedure; one other find the works in the pattern of ecopoetry, an rising style of nature poetry; one explores Sallah's poems of convalescence, mentioning the healing nature of the writings; and another employs the speculation of phenomenology in engaging in an research of Sallah's poetry compared to the works of different significant African poets. the ultimate bankruptcy is a close interview carried out with Sallah. It sheds gentle on his lifestyles, his Gambian history, and the way this impacts and affects his writings. modern Literature of Africa: Tijan M. Sallah and Literary Works of The Gambia is necessary for all these attracted to Gambian and African literatures, postcolonial writings and global literatures in general.