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No 631 GraceLand by Chris Abani

Chris Abani has suffered for his writing. Imprisoned on several occasions by the Nigerian authorities, once when he was only 16, he now lives in America, the country that has a powerful cultural pull on the characters in GraceLand, his debut novel. Indeed, Abani explores both Western and Nigerian themes to create a unique perspective…

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No 677 Open City by Teju Cole

In Open City, Teju Cole’s main character, Julius, visits an exhibition of work by John Brewster. One image in particular catches his attention, a painting of a child holding a bird on the end of a blue thread. He notes the striking use of colour in the painting and muses that The bird represents the…

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