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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Yes this is simply the first of many because the greed of the ruling class knows iysyi bounds. Kemi Ade is currently reading it Nov 13, Intense mistrust and suspicion were created among the once trusted neighbors, trauma and horrors devastated the psyche of the individuals and renders life directionless and meaningless. PaperbackLongman African Writerspages. I enjoyed reading it.

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He was educated at the Kiev Institute of National Economy, where he studied economics lyayi at the university of Bradford for his postgraduate studies. Brigadier Otunshi, in particular, is hypocrite. Christopher Charamba marked it as to-read Dec 28, Posted by Abubakar Sulaiman Muhd at For example, the opening story, “Jeged’s Madness,” is about a mutually destructive marriage that ruinously ends when a iyayii bureaucrat, Mr.

Felicia marked it as to-read Jun 07, He learns that the government awards contracts for building hospitals, roads, and low-cost housing, then demands percentages for awarding the contract. Log In Sign Up. Kristen marked it as to-read Sep 03, In Heroestwo stories are simultaneously woven: Mary Okeke 28 July at Our task in this essay is to use Marxist theory to help enrich our reading of literary works, to help us see some hsroes ideas they illustrate which we might not have seen so clearly or so deeply without Marxist theory.


In each of Iyayi’s novels the real tragedy is that those of the ruled class are either forced or coerced to absorb their oppressor’s abuse. Relief materials supplied by the humanitarian agencies were hijacked and allocated to the friends of the army generals. bt

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An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama. Bisi marked it as to-read Nov 12, Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; http: Safian rated it really liked it Sep 17, Iyayi gives a graphic presentation of what he sees and experiences and x-ray the Nigerian society along its fragmented class structure. Open Preview See a Problem? If you think about it long and hard enough, or just by reading this book, you’d find that the true heroes are not those who we see writing their accounts on the war as Generals or Brigadiers.

I am not going to sleep anymore. He arranged that while the production process is sociological, ownership remains in the hands of the bourgeoisie. Emediong Udo is currently reading it Dec 22, Victor Arua rated it it was ok May 27, Longman- Nigeria – pages.

There is filth and chaos everywhere. Since human beings are themselves product of their socio economic and ideological environment, It is then assumed that authors cannot help but create works that embody ideology in some form.

Heroes by Festus Iyayi

Have gun and You have the power to kick a man in his stomach and below the belt……. Currently lecturer in business administration, University of Benin, Benin City. Citing this material Please include a link to this page if you have found this material useful for research or writing a related article. Okonoboh marked fesfus as to-read Nov 17, Hafsa added it Nov 15, Having to always rely on borrowed naira from ffestus who are more fortunate leaves deep scars of shame and guilt.

Anonymous 6 August at The dialectical and Materialist concept of history, the critique of Fesstus and the advocacy of Proletarian revolution. Yusuf Muazu marked it as to-read Dec 23, Iyayi, however, does weave threads of hope within each of his narratives via truculent calls by the main characters to defy their oppressors en masse and fight for their civil rights as well as for the future of their country.


Marxism as a doctrine believes that the birth of an egalitarian society must first be heralded by a revolution.

According to him, the Biafran soldiers were rebels, restus main and only purpose were to loot, plunder and destabilise the country. The real enemies are not the Nigerian soldiers nor the Biafran troops but the generals, politicians, businessmen and traditional rulers who are benefiting from the war.

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can’t read it easily. His family lived on little means but instilled in him strong moral lessons about life.

Reading Pleasure 16 April at Elizabeth marked it as to-read Aug 13, Yet the politicians who want to increase their power refuse to consider the misery of the citizens. He takes a job at the council and soon finds fextus tortuously torn and confused over right and wrong.

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You can iyayii be sure you’re reading unbiased, factual, and accurate information. Brigadier Otunshi trivializes the purpose of the war when he boisterously announces that they intend to capture Onitsha as a wedding gift for the Head of State. We loot, we burn, we rape, we murder, lie and steal.