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Two Thousand Seasons

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Two Thousand Seasons (by Ayi Kwei Armah)

The "Two Thousand Seasons" referred to in the title of the novel by Ayi Kwei Armah are the seasons (wet and dry) of the thousand years between 1000 and 1900 A.D. This period of time, according to...

The novel opens with a lyrical prologue in which the narrator, who assumes the role of a griot, the poet-historian of the village, calls out to other gifted voices to realize their proper “vocation.” They must understand that the past one thousand years (two thousand seasons) in Africa have been, first, a movement toward death, and then, a movement away from death, that Africa has been following alien ways—which are death to the black culture. The prologue announces the purpose of the novel: to retell the story of Africa, in particular the story of Ghana, from . . .

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    Ayi Kwei Armah, Two Thousand Seasons (1978 rpt. Oxford: Heinemann, 1979). All references in the text are to this African Writers Series edition. Other critics who have also looked primarily at ‘idealism’ in the text are Chinyere Nwahunanya, ‘A Vision of the Ideal...”, Modern Fiction Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3 (1991); and Kofi Anyidoho, ‘Historical Realism and the Visionary Ideal...’, Ufahamu II (1981/82).
  • Two thousand seasons: a novel by Ayi Kwei Armah

    The novel opens with a lyrical prologue in which the narrator, who assumes the role of a griot, the poet-historian of the village, calls out to other gifted voices to realize their proper “vocation.” They must understand that the past one thousand years (two thousand seasons) in Africa have been, first, a movement toward death, and then, a movement away from death, that Africa has been following alien ways—which are death to the black culture. The prologue announces the purpose of the novel: to retell the story of Africa, in particular the story of Ghana, from . . .

    is a novel by Ghanaian novelist . The novel was first published in 1973 and subsequently published a number of times, including in the influential . It is an epic historical novel, attempting to depict the last "two thousand seasons" of African history in one narrative arc following a approach.