One Day I Will Write About This Place

Binyavanga Wainaina

Published: 2 August 2012
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781847083326
£8.99

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Published: 3 November 2011
Hardback, Demy HB
138x216mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781847080219
£15.99

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Overview

Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him.This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colourful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlour, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson - all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own.

In this vivid and compelling debut, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his failed attempt to study in South Africa, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya.The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood. Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. Resolutely avoiding stereotype and cliche, Wainaina paints every scene in One Day I Will Write About This Place with a highly distinctive and hugely memorable brush.


About the author

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Binyavanga Wainaina lives in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the founding editor of Kwani?, a leading African literary magazine. He won the 2002 Caine Prize for African writing, and has written for Vanity Fair, Granta and the New York Times. Wainaina directs the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Writers and Artists at Bard College, NY. More about the author





 
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