Weapon of Hunger

by Meja Mwangi

KSh 515

Weapon of Hunger is perhaps Meja Mwangi’s best book yet. The picture he paints of the relentless quest for modern Africa is grim. What is most depressing, is that there seem to be no solutions.  Western philanthropists, such as Jack Rivers, are portrayed in a favourable light as sincere people. All their energies, however, are expended on trying to understand Africa’s problems and once they understand them they realise that the problems are beyond them. As for the Africans themselves, they could have provided solutions, but since they are lined up in warring factions, that is impossible.  While the two sides fight on to the finish, will millions of ordinary people continue to starve to dead? That is the questions which Meja Mwangi asks himself and which he asks the readers of weapon.

– Lyne Mansure, Weekly Review

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Meja Mwangi (author)

Meja Mwangi began his prolific writing career in the 1970s, when he burst onto the scene with the award-winning Kill Me Quick.  He was hailed in various quarters as a rising star in the East African literary constellation who was helping to disprove the claims that East Africa was a literary desert (Taban 1965, Nazareth 1976).

Since then, Meja Mwangi has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific of Kenyan writers, publishing eleven novels in seventeen years in addition to short stories, children’s books and working with a variety of projects in film. Mwangi’s works have received awards in Kenya and abroad, they have been translated into six languages, and there are film versions of two of his novels.

MEJA MWANGI, the acclaimed author of Going Down River Road, The Cockroach Dance and Kill Me Quick, is an eclectic writer whose fascination with story-telling has created such diverse works as Bush Doctor, Crossroads, Carcass for Hounds, Rafiki and Christmas Without Tusker, among others.

Among his best known books are The Cockroach Dance, Baba Pesa, Crossroads, and Rafiki.

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Meja Mwangi

Meja Mwangi began his prolific writing career in the 1970s, when he burst onto the scene with the award-winning Kill Me Quick. He was hailed in various quarters as a rising star in the East African literary constellation who was helping to disprove the claims that East Africa was a literary desert (Taban 1965, Nazareth 1976). Since then, Meja Mwangi has gone on to establish himself as one of the most prolific of Kenyan writers, publishing eleven novels in seventeen years in addition to short stories, children’s books and working with a variety of projects in film. Mwangi’s works have received awards in Kenya and abroad, they have been translated into six languages, and there are film versions of two of his novels. MEJA MWANGI, the acclaimed author of Weapon of Hunger, Going Down River Road, The Cockroach Dance and Kill Me Quick, is an eclectic writer whose fascination with story-telling has created such diverse works as Bush Doctor, Crossroads, Carcass for Hounds, Rafiki and Christmas Without Tusker, among others. Among his best known books are The Cockroach Dance, Baba Pesa, Crossroads,and Rafiki.