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Author: 'Pemi Aguda

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Hardback

Publisher: Virago

ISBN: 9780349018225

RRP: $45.00


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The supernatural looms over the grime and sweat of everyday life in Lagos in this debut collection of stories from a prize-winning young Nigerian writer.

A woman sees the ghost of her abusive mother in her daughter’s face.

A mysterious virus wipes out all the boys on one street.

A young architect turns up to measure a house, only to find that her drawings make no sense, and the house seems to resist her…

The Lagos of these twelve sinister and beguiling stories is multi-faceted, peopled by Pentecostal Christians and exasperated atheists; by tight-knit extended families and struggling single fathers. Here are characters cursed by guilt, bound by the ties of ancestors and community; or enchanted by the allure of mysticism and would-be prophets. There are gossips and party girls – and a schoolboy followed home by a group of tribal masquerades, cloaked in feathers and twinkling beads. Yes, his mother has warned him not to bring strangers home, but he is sure she will understand …

Exploring the dark borders between psychology and superstition, these feverishly imaginative stories of trauma, betrayal, terror and love lay bare the forces of myth, tradition, gender, sexuality and modernity in Nigerian society. Powered by a deep empathy, and glinting with humour and insight, they announce a major new literary talent.

A marvellously unsettling collection where the everyday strangeness of life and the uncanny rub up against each other to create real fire – Kelly Link, author of White Cat, Black Dog

‘Pemi Aguda is an astonishing talent … the delightful speculative conceits of the stories are […] balanced with the gorgeous fullness of human emotion, all the hunger and longing and fear and delight of being a human being in the world – Lauren Groff, author of The Vaster Wilds

Ghostroots is the kind of collection you dream of discovering and reading – from one of my favorite living writers – Jeff VanderMeer, author of Hummingbird Salamander

In this perceptive and astute collection, ‘Pemi Aguda tells of the metaphysical cracks on the surface of contemporary Nigerian society with an uncompromising humane touch – Emmanuel Iduma, author of I Am Still With You

‘Pemi Aguda is spectacular. This book is a big, strong river. Once you are caught in its currents, you flow with it no matter where it runs. And it runs through gorgeous and startling places – Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Good Night, Irene

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