Even though Heroes is an erudite work of fiction, it is absolutely an Festus Iyayi is the first African writer to win the Commonwealth Writer’s. Festus Iyayi () is one of the pioneer of social realism in African novel. Besides Violence (), The Contract (), Heroes (). Festus Iyayi’s novel, Heroes’, which was awarded the Common- wealth Writers’ war arena proper, Iyayi’s interest in the war seems to stem less from a need.

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Akindipe Akinwande rated it really liked it Jan 01, Prior to this, I had read several books on the biafran war but sincerely speaking reading this book with my young mind gave me a very different and balanced heroe of the war. Name Email Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can’t read it easily. A person is iyai if he or she performs festtus labor than necessary to produce the goods that he consumes; likewise a person is an exploiter if he ffestus she performs less labor than is necessary to produce the goods that he or she consumes.

It is a political philosophy, economic and social world view based upon a materialistic interpretation of history, a Marxist analysis of Capitalism, a theory of social change and an atheist view of human liberation. Onitsha will be our wedding present to the head of state Pg Like any Marxist work, Heroes depict class struggle and the imbalance in the society between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie.

All is however not lost as Iyayi believes that the chain must be broken, the circle must stop, the society must be born again.

Osime’s solution is the formation of a third army—one that fights the greedy politicians, businesspersons, and generals. Writing about literature and critical theory. One of the most effective passages in Violence is a series of lines from a play performed at a local hospital. Like Idemudia in ViolenceOgie’s abomination of the stark contrasts of wealth and poverty in his hometown is potently conveyed.


Those at the top motivate soldiers to kill, destroy, rape and loot in ffestus name of war because they themselves have nothing to lose.

Iyayi utilizes this poignant and very effective device to convey his definition of violence. Everything carries a message of death to which even birds in the street were silent.

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Thanks for stopping by. Mary Okeke 16 April at Return to Book Page. Once again, he cries out against the injustices in Nigeria through well-crafted characters and electrifying writing. The rank and file do all the jobs while the officers collect all the glory.

Festus Iyayi

Festus Iyayi 29 September — 12 November [1] was a Nigerian writer known for his radical and sometimes tough stance on social and political issues. Alaoui Soukaina rated it did not like it Dec 27, Iywyi inside the book. Iyayi’s writing continues to be mordacious and gripping in his second novel, The Contract. And see what iyayii. The atmosphere is ghastly horrific. He swears he will fight the system of which even his father is a part.

Jo marked it as to-read Sep 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Agwu Chinedu marked it as to-read Feb 18, Rafikaleghbali marked it as to-read Nov 11, Our task in this essay is to use Marxist theory to help enrich our reading of literary works, to help us see some important ideas they illustrate which we might heroe have seen so clearly or so deeply without Marxist theory.

In that same year he won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for his novel Heroes. It might invite the reader to criticize the ideologies it represents. The title story, “Awaiting Court Martial,” is a dreamlike, first-person confession made by a once-efficient executioner of the state.

He disagrees with his superior officer, a Major on matters of procedure in front of his men. I have only one life and one death to claim it. As in the novels, the main character’s crisis, no matter how unique or personal, often reflects the political chaos and social disintegration of the nation at large. Civilian population were the worst affected.


Nkay rated it it was amazing Aug 02, They usually permit differences in religion, race, ethnicity and gender to separate them into warring factions that accomplish little or no social change. J rated it it was amazing Aug 01, They view the war as a call to national service and take excessive pride in killing and maiming people who few months earlier they regard as their brothers and sisters.

Unfortunately, the proletariat is often the last to recognize this fact. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can’t read it easily.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Wise marked it as to-read Jun 07, Children are dying of hunger, disease and malnutrition became prevalent. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It did not eventually solve the problem. Heroes is a war novel as well as political. Whereas, their respective generals have their family safely kept somewhere outside the country.

Certainly, it was six of one, featus a dozen of the other. His family lived on little means but instilled in him strong moral lessons about life. We loot our neighbour’s property, we set fire to his house because we say he is on the other side.

I love every bit of the analysis made on the heroes Death at the peak of struggle” Archived at the Wayback Machine.