Fragments [Ayi Kwei Armah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A member of the African elite groping its way out of the background of. ALT 34 Diaspora & Returns in Fiction November Armah’s Second Novel. Ayi Kwei Armah, Fragments, Houghton Mifflin, New York, I The reputation of Armah’s second novel has been held back by its.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Read it many years ago. Linus Moses rated it really liked it Jan 11, Any work of art could perform any of these functions. Unable to harmonize countervailing needs with wider social aspirations, both family and individual drift toward confrontation and inexorable loss. Want to Read saving…. Unfortunately for Baako, his family has high expectations.

Fragments (African Writers Series)

And so while Brempong brings so many goodies for his family, Baako carries almost nothing materialistic. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

See all 3 questions about Fragments…. A powerful work by Armah, exploring the arcane world of madness, materialism, and all sorts of misplaced values rather deep-seated. In it, the main character Baako is a “been fragmments, meaning that he has been to the United States and received his education there.


In reviews, you do not give out everything to the reader. The excerpt seems poetic and is brilliant. Sep 06, Brandon Phillips rated it it was amazing. Write a customer review. Apr 08, Camille rated it really liked it. Will definitely consider reading again.

The Healers African Writers Series. Notify me of new comments via email. These material goods are bought with graft a Fragments deals with the subject of materialism in contemporary Ghana.

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Dec 22, David Hicks rated it liked it. After a five-month hospitalization in Boston, Massachusetts, he returned to Ghana in Account Options Sign in. I do that often and I know I am a spoiler.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. What is the most important thing that Kwi who travel outside the continent to say, the United States, can bring home? I mostly find it interesting as an example of African narratives linking personal health and the health of society. Above all, the novel has the characteristics of African cultural writing. The prose is classic Armah – long, verbose and poetic.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Thus Armah confronts a key question that many Africans face on returning home from overseas. However it makes a brilliant turn by not laying the blame solely on Africa’s “blind leaders” but also points out the failings of the “impotent masses”. Imperceptibly, the writings of Ayi Kwei Armah are similar to that of Stephen King, not in content but in the boldness with which he tackles any subject and make it come alive, the boldness with which he fearlessly experiments, the boldness with which he pens down his narratives.

I haven’t read Fragments – but Ayi Kwei Armah’s reputation and stature as one of the leading lights of post-colonial African literature – puts it on my ‘must read before I die’ list.

Per Ankh Language: Nick Hegedus rated it really liked it Aug 01, The capital of this nation resembles Accra, the capital of his native Ghana.