The Bead Collector

Myriad Editions (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 15. August 2019
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 320 Seiten
978-1-912408-34-4 (ISBN)
Wole Soyinka Prizewinning author of Everything Good Will Come recasts the international espionage tale by bringing the intrigue and politics of family life to the fore.
  • Englisch
  • Brighton
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  • Großbritannien
  • Höhe: 198 mm
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  • Breite: 128 mm
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  • Dicke: 27 mm
  • 301 gr
978-1-912408-34-4 (9781912408344)
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Sefi Atta is the author of Everything Good Will Come, Swallow, News from Home, A Bit of Difference and Sefi Atta: Selected Plays.

Sefi has received several literary awards, including the 2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and the 2009 Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. Her radio plays have been broadcast by the BBC and her stage plays have been performed internationally. She divides her time between the USA, UK and Nigeria.
A glimpse into the insular world of upper-class Nigeria during the mid-1970s... a fascinating combination of post-civil war Nigeria and good gossip. KIRKUS REVIEWS; With a penetrating appreciation for the universal beliefs and behaviours that have the potential to unite disparate groups, Atta digs deep into the multifaceted layers of Nigerian history and traditions in this keen and nuanced examination of her country's tumultuous past. BOOKLIST; Atta is a seasoned and masterful storyteller. Lola Shoneyin, author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives; A Nigerian woman befriends an American woman and their short friendship and peregrinations around the Ikoyi-Victoria axis provide the backdrop for a wickedly delicious expose of Nigeria's political and business elite on the cusp of a bloody coup and monumental change. This is the bonfire of Nigerian vanities in full display. The Bead Collector is an era defining novel told with devastating wit and literary aplomb. Toni Kan, author of The Carnivorous City; The Bead Collector offers a brilliant evocation of Lagos in the tense months before the coup attempt of 1976, through the eyes of Remi Lawal, a wife, mother and budding businesswoman who befriends a potentially suspicious American traveler. Sefi Atta brings to exhilarating life the textures, rhythms and byzantine subtexts of this complex society. It's been a long time since I felt so powerfully immersed in a novel. Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs; In The Bead Collector, through Atta's deliciously irreverent and precise prose, we encounter a nuanced world of deftly crafted characters, a narrative distinct for its social and political complexity and a biting humour. The beauty of the story rests in its deceptively steady pace and the carefully placed details that create a sense of mounting suspense and ultimately a deeply enjoyable reading experience. Yewande Omotoso, author of The Woman Next Door; The Bead Collector is centred around a dialogue between two women, but radiates out through family and society and the political realm in Nigeria to form a vast, rich dialogue, one, ultimately, between tradition and progress. Sefi Atta has crafted yet another stunning novel, a deeply compelling, illuminating story of personal and national identity in a time of great transition.Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Dead Birds, winner of the Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement

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