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Lagos Noir

By Nnedi Okorafor , Jude Dibia , Leye Adenle , and others Edited by Chris Abani
Read by Kevin R. Free  and Cary Hite

Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio 9781617755231

The Akashic Noir Series: Book 90

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781713599425

  • ISBN: 9781713599425

Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Bloomberg News Pick for Dark Summer Reading

A Crime Reads Pick of 10 Best Anthologies of 2018

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. Now, West Africa enters the Noir Series arena, meticulously edited by one of Nigeria’s best-known authors.

Brand-new stories by Chris Abani, Nnedi Okorafor, E.C. Osondu, Jude Dibia, Chika Unigwe, A. Igoni Barrett, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Adebola Rayo, Onyinye Ihezukwu, Uche Okonkwo, Wale Lawal, ‘Pemi Aguda, and Leye Adenle.

From the introduction by Chris Abani: Lagos has, like many coastal cities, a very checkered and noir past. It is the largest city in Nigeria and its former capital. It is also the largest megacity on the African continent, with a population approximating 21 million, and by itself is the fourth-largest economy in Africa…. It is rumored that there are more canals in Lagos than in Venice. Except in Lagos they are often unintentional. Gutters that have become waterways and lagoons fenced in by stilt homes or full of logs for a timber industry most of us don’t know exists. All of it skated by canoes as slick as any dragonfly. There are currently no moonlight or other gondola rides available.

The thirteen stories that comprise this volume stretch the boundaries of “noir” fiction, but each one of them fully captures the essence of noir, the unsettled darkness that continues to lurk in the city’s streets, alleys, and waterways…. Together, these stories create an unchartered path through the center of Lagos and out to its peripheries, revealing so much more truth at the heart of this tremendous city than any guidebook, TV show, film, or book you are likely to find.


Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Chris Abani is as masterful as he is meticulous in his assembly of noir.” World Literature Today
“A stellar cast of award-winning Nigerian authors…a must-read for crime lovers looking for something different.” Brittle Paper magazine
“In the introduction to this excellent anthology, Abani welcomes readers to Lagos, Nigeria, a city of more than 21 million and an amazing amalgam of wealth, poverty, corruption, humor, bravery, and tragedy. Abani and a dozen other contributors tell stories that are both unique to Lagos and universal in their humanity…. This entry stands as one of the strongest recent additions to Akashic’s popular noir series.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The beauty of this book, which contains 13 stories from Nigerian writers, is that it serves as a travelogue, too.” Bloomberg News

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Author Bio: Nnedi Okorafor

Author Bio: Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi Okorafor is an award–winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism for both adults and younger readers. Born in the US to Nigerian immigrant parents, she is known for weaving African cultures into creative settings and memorable characters. Her children’s book Long Juju Man won the 2007–2008 Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa, and her adult novel Who Fears Death was a Tiptree Honor Book and has optioned for film by HBO. She is a full-time professor at the University at Buffalo, New York.

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Author Bio: Leye Adenle

Author Bio: Leye Adenle

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Author Bio: Jude Dibia

Author Bio: Jude Dibia

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Audience: Adult
Language: English