The Death of Vivek Oji

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Author: Akwaeke Emezi

9780571351008 | PB | pp. 256 | 2021 | Faber & Faber

The Death of Vivek Oji is a story of identity, sexuality, love, grief, friendship. Read about the Nigerian boy Vivek and the lives he shaped.

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One afternoon, a mother opens her front door to find the length of her son’s body stretched out on the veranda, swaddled in akwete material, his head on her welcome mat. The Death of Vivek Oji transports us to the day of Vivek’s birth, the day his grandmother Ahunna died. It is the story of an over protective mother and a distant father, and the heart-wrenching tale of one family’s struggle to understand their child, just as Vivek learns to recognize himself.

Teeming with unforgettable characters whose lives have been shaped by Vivek’s gentle and enigmatic spirit, it shares with us a Nigerian childhood that challenges expectations. This novel, and its celebration of the innocence and optimism of youth, will touch all those who embrace it.

Author:

Akwaeke Emezi

ISBN:

9780571351008

Publisher:

Faber & Faber

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

256

Year of Publication:

2021

Edition:

Reissue

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

About the Author

The author is an Igbo and Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. She is 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. SHe won the 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa, and her writing has been published by Dazed Magazine, The Cut, Buzzfeed, Granta Online, Vogue.com, and Commonwealth Writers, among others. Freshwater, longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction by the American Library Association, is her debut novel.

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