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Dear Senthuran: A Black spirit memoir


Akwaeke Emezi


One of Stylist's Best Memoirs for Summer 2021

'Unlike anything I've read . . . Remarkable.' Roxane Gay

'A thing of great beauty.' Paris Review

In letters addressed to their friends, to members of their family – both biological and chosen - and to fellow storytellers, Akwaeke describes the shape of a life lived in overlapping realities. Through heartbreak, chronic pain, intimacy with death, becoming a beast, this is embodiment as a nonhuman: outside the boundaries imposed by expectations and legibility. This book is an account of the grueling work of realignment and remaking necessary to carve out a future for oneself.

The result is a Black spirit memoir: a powerful, raw unfolding of identity.

'An audacious sojourn through the terror and beauty of refusing to explain yourself. ' New York Times

 

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, which was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction by the American Library Association, is their debut novel.

Category:  Biography & Memoirs
ISBN:  9780571366156
Publisher:  Faber & Faber
On sale:  August 2021
List price:  R325 
Format:  Paperback
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