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Death and the King’s Horseman

Elesin Oba, the King’s Horseman, has a single destiny. When the King dies, he must commit ritual suicide and lead his King’s favourite horse and dog through the passage to the world of the ancestors. A British Colonial Officer, Pilkings, intervenes.

This edition features an interview with the author.

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Based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946, Wole Soyinka’s powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king’s chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer. The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and Elesin’s son arrives home.

Weight 99.79 g
Dimensions 120 × 182 × 12 mm
ISBN

9780413695505

Country

Nigeria

Pages

160

Format

Paperback

Date

01 Sep 2003

Author

Wole Soyinka

Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing

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Editorial Review

“The action of the play is as inevitable and eloquent as in Antigone: a clash of values and cultures so fundamental that tragedy issues: a tragedy for each individual, each tribe” Daily Telegraph

“This play, by the winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature, asks: ‘On the authority of what gods’ the white aliens rupture the world. It puts exciting political theatre back on the agenda. . . a masterpiece of 20th century drama” Guardian