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May 17, 15

"It’s interesting that you call it a novella. Isn’t it a work of non-fiction?

I’m very interested in capturing a certain reality, but the difference between non-fiction and fiction really is that you can get sued for one and not the other."

Oct 08, 14

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is one of the most fresh and important African writers that you—if you are a reader in the United States or the United Kingdom, or any other part of the Anglophone world that isn’t East Africa—have not been able to read. Her novel, Kintu, is not available on, or, or any of the other arms of the imperial octopus bookseller that brings the spoils of world literature to your door. I had to get mine directly from the publishers (he says, smugly); the director of Kwani Trust, Angela Wachuka, handed me a copy when I came to visit their offices in Nairobi, and if you want a copy, I’m not sure what to tell you. I guess you could go to Kenya.

May 31, 11

Interview with the daughter of a survivor of Britain's atrocities during the Mau Mau uprising

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