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'A grave without a cross'

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 185

Scope and Contents

A translation by Trevor Jaggar from the Kiswahili of the 1990 reprint of Kareithi's novel, with a translator's note and preface, 54 pages. In his note Jaggar explains that his purpose in translating Karethi's work was 'to enable British and other readers of English to learn something of what the Mau Mau War felt like to a Kikuyu striving for the independence of Kenya from British colonial rule'.


  • Creation: 2000


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Biographical / Historical

P.M. Kareithi's background is not known.


1 envelope(s) (1 envelope) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 46

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. II.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mrs Trevor Jaggar, April 2001.


'A grave without a cross' was published by Phoenix Publishers Ltd, Nairobi, in 1969. A second edition was published in 1989, and was reprinted in 1990.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Kareithi, P M, fl 1950-1969

Includes index.
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Language of description
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