The Death of Vivek Oji

Akwaeke Emezi
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The astonishing new novel from the author of Freshwater - longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction and the Wellcome Book Prize.

They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died.

This is the tale of Vivek Oji: it begins with his end, his naked body shrouded on his mother's doorstep, and moves backwards through time to unpick the story of his life and the mystery surrounding his death.

The Death of Vivek Oji is the story of a Nigerian childhood quite different from those we have been told before. Teeming with unforgettable characters, it is as compulsively readable as it is tender and potent. This novel of family and friendship challenges expectations - it is a story of the innocence of youth that will move every reader.

Author bio:

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. They are a recipient of the National Book Foundation's '5 Under 35' award for 2018, selected by Carmen Maria Machado. Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria, Emezi holds two degrees, including an MPA from New York University. In 2017, Emezi was awarded a Global Arts Fund grant and a Sozopol Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction. They won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa, and their writing has been published by Dazed Magazine, The Cut, Buzzfeed, Granta Online, Vogue.com, and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Freshwater, their debut novel, was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction by the American Library Association, and longlisted for both the Wellcome Book Prize and Women's Prize for Fiction in 2019.

Category: Popular fiction
ISBN: 9780571350995
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Fiction
Pub Date: September 2020
Page Extent: 304
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Popular fiction