That Chris Abani is able to find humanity, mercy, and even, yes, forgiveness, amid such devastation is something of a miracle. You are in the hands of a master, a literary shaman. Abani casts his spell so completely so devastatingly you emerge cleansed, redeemed, and utterly haunted. The reader is led by the voiceless protagonist who, as part of a land mine-clearing platoon, had his vocal chords cut, a move to keep these children from screaming when blown up, and thereby distracting the other minesweepers.
Song for Night by Chris Abani
Song for Night – Chris Abani – Kyla's Reflection
Chris Abani is an acclaimed novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. He has resided in the United States since Through his TED Talks, public speaking, and essays, Abani is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and our shared political responsibility. He lives in Chicago. I want to work with fiction writers of any genre who are advanced in their writing and who have a book project they would like to explore and recalibrate. They should have a strong interest in psychology, theory, history and some social engagement. They must be open to the hard parts of the craft of narrative and see their work as built objects, as installations, and even maps.
Nigerian-born novelist and poet Chris Abani understands the power of stories. Born in at the beginning of the Biafran-Nigerian civil war, Abani lived a childhood of privilege, growing up with servants, cooks, nannies, the things the typical Nigerian, locked in a continual struggle with poverty, corruption, and violence, could barely dream of. He was thrown in jail two years after the book was published because the government believed it served as the foundation for a failed coup attempt. After his unexplained release, he left for England where he lived for several years before moving to the US where he now teaches at the University of California, Riverside.
Christopher Abani born 27 December is a Nigerian -American author. He says he is part of a new generation of Nigerian writers working to convey to an English-speaking audience the experience of those born and raised in "that troubled African nation". Abani was born in Afikpo , Nigeria. His father was Igbo , while his mother was of English descent. He was imprisoned for six months on suspicion of an attempt to overthrow the government.