Nuggets of the African Novel
Nuggets of the African Novel
Author: K-Moses Nagbe
Publish: 2005
Publisher: Author House
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1420852592
Pages: 392

In Nuggets of the African Novel [With Notes on the Liberian Literary Heritage], Nagbe charts a critical course which seeks to consolidate a unit approach to African literature, reinforcing one continental mind and soul. He has summarized nearly thirty African novels in Nuggets. The summaries are rich. The comments are insightful. They contain very many topics that will possibly evoke or sustain interest in the novels themselves and interest in seeing literature as an irresistible shadow of history. Even so, on the pages, the reader will understand that because all literature tells the human story, all literature speaks a universal language.

The notes on the Liberian component of African literature are revealing. Only a few of Nagbe's compatriots can boast of the insight which he brings to the subject of the ironies and forces that have impacted the progress of imaginative writing in Liberia, a modern nation-state established by repatriated African Americans. Even so, the three phases of national struggle which Nagbe constantly refers to in the 'Notes' as 'intra-national' struggle is poignant. Here lies an important testimony of the biting pain which the politics of long-suffering can inflict on a nation. It is an implicit testimony of the attributes of the mental ailment which, with an insidious and protracted attack, decimates a person or a group of people. In a larger sense, the Liberian story is the story of Africa and her scars from cultural misinformation and confusion, and what needs to be done in the new millennium.

Author Details:

K-MOSES NAGBE enjoys a wealth of interdisciplinary studies, including Literature, Law, Education, Business Studies, Health Literacy, and Art. He studied in Africa and the United States of America. In Africa, he studied at the Sasstown Government School, the Sinoe High School, the Modern Commercial Institute, the University of Liberia, and one of its professional schools, the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. In America, Dr. Nagbe studied at the Glassboro (now Rowan) State University and Northcentral University. He holds a BA, an MA, an LLB, and a Ph.D. A Humanities scholar, Dr. Nagbe has taught for nearly 40 years. At the grade school level, in Liberia, West Africa, Dr. Nagbe taught at the Samford Dennis High School, Monrovia College, and College of West Africa. At the tertiary level, he taught at the University of Liberia, and the Don Bosco (now Stella Maris) Polytechnic. In the United States of America, he further taught at Montgomery College. Dr. Nagbe currently teaches at the Prince George’s Community College, also in America. He is past president of the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) and past president of the Liberia Association of Writers (Law). In the Liberian government, Dr. Nagbe served as deputy minister for administration at the Ministry of Information, and legal counsel and deputy minister for legal affairs at the Ministry of Transport. Dr. Nagbe has written considerably. His list includes at least 25 books, among which are Nuggets of the African Novel (With Notes on the Liberian Literary Heritage).