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The Death of Vivek Oji

Akwaeke Emezi

The astonishing new novel from the author of Freshwater – Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Wellcome Book Prize

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9780571351015
Date Published
04.08.2020
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Summary

SHORTLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE
‘Astonishing.’ Stylist
‘Electrifying.’ O: The Oprah Magazine
‘Brilliant and heartbreaking.’ Marie Claire
‘Propulsive and resonant.’ Esquire

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

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.

Critic Reviews

Emezi’s surreal prose shines… extraordinary.

Ayobami Adebayo, on FRESHWATER, Guardian
Critic Reviews

This book lured me in from the first sentence. It shook me to the core. This book forges its own glorious path. Read it now. Give it to everyone you know. Read it again.

Daisy Johnson, on FRESHWATER
Critic Reviews

Emezi ... is an old – an ancient - storyteller: thrillingly at home in the tradition of griots, poets, seers and seekers.

Taiye Selasi, author of GHANA MUST GO
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Akwaeke Emezi (they/them) is the author of the memoir Dear Senthuran; New York Times bestseller The Death of Vivek Oji, which was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize; Pet, a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature; and Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book, longlisted for both the Wellcome Book Prize and the…

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