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Nudibranch By Irenosen Okojie

Nudibranch by Irenosen Okojie

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Summary

A dark and lyrical collection of short stories from the author of the critically acclaimed Speak Gigantular and Butterfly Fish, whose unique voice has been praised by writers like Ben Okri and Stella Duffy.

Nudibranch Summary

Nudibranch by Irenosen Okojie

'Okojie is a dazzlingly wild, bold and imaginative writer who tells stories with captivating originality and intense drama' Bernardine Evaristo

'Dazzling . . . A feast for the senses' Diana Evans

Winner of the AKO Cain Prize
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In this collection of short stories, offbeat characters are caught up in extraordinary situations that test the boundaries of reality . . .

A love-hungry goddess of the sea arrives on an island inhabited by eunuchs.

A girl from Martinique moonlights as a Grace Jones impersonator.

Dimension-hopping monks sworn to silence must face a bloody reckoning.

And a homeless man goes right back, to the very beginning, through a gap in time.

Nudibranch is a dark and seductive foray into the surreal.

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PRAISE FOR IRENOSEN OKOJIE

'One of the most original and innovative writers to emerge in many a year'
ALEX WHEATLE MBE

'Okojie has a sharp eye for the twisting stories of the city, and a turn of phrase that switches from elegance to brutality in a single line'
STELLA DUFFY

Nudibranch Reviews

Weird and wild . . . An extraordinary collection of surreal tales * Guardian *
Irenosen Okojie is one of our finest short story writers. Nudibranch is her second collection and in it her imagination runs riot. Linguistically inventive and always unpredictable, there is an emotional intensity and weirdness to her story telling that haunts and lingers -- Bernardine Evaristo * Observer (Best Books of 2019) *

There are few writers who possess quite the boundless daring of Irenosen Okojie, whose second collection of short stories, Nudibranch, is dazzling, a feast for the senses, as well as a lesson in both
creative and existential bravery

-- Diana Evans * Observer (Best Books of 2019) *
Okojie writes immersive prose you can get lost in, lulling you into a false sense of security only to turn everything upside down within the space of a sentence . . . Disjointed, disorientating and unpredictable but in all the best ways, Nudibranch will leave you eager for more at every turn * The Skinny *
A theme drifts through these strange stories like a ghost; the search, often thwarted, for a home, an identity, a place of safety . . . [Irenosen Okojie's] imagination and her lyrical writing come together [and] her fantastical, disjointed tales speak for our damaged, out-of-kilter times. They are, to borrow her phrase, full of warped, rhapsodic song * New Internationalist *
Okojie's imagination is frequently funny, and defiantly weird. Her slippery stories are not bound by logic, time or place; both within and between tales she dives between the genres of fable, dystopia, allegory, lyrically conceived realism, and horror * The Arts Desk *
Okojie's latest collection is perfect for those of us who love a weird, moody story that settles in the body and doesn't move on quickly. Reminiscent of Helen Oyeyemi's What is Not Yours is Not Yours, with characters ranging from sea goddesses and a time-traveling homeless man to monks that skip between dimensions and appropriately creepy children of the future, these stories are as tightly woven as that blanket you find yourself under while reading. You'll need a flashlight with long battery life, because the prose is so fierce and melodic that you'll be up all night * Literary Hub *
Dark and lyrical * Stylist *
Surprising, seductive and often heartfelt, this is an entertaining selection that establishes Okojie as one of the country's most impressive writers * PRIDE *
There's an irresistible lure to these disparate, experimental works reminiscent of Carmen Maria Machado, Kristen Roupenian or the gothic magic of Isabel Allende. This is writing at its most vital: poignant, performative and disturbing -- Zoe Apostolides * Financial Times *
An extraordinary and unforgettable collection from one of the finest literary imaginations working today
Nudibranch, is dazzling, a feast for the senses, as well as a lesson in both creative and existential bravery * Observer *
Okojie's voice is singular and admirably uncompromising * Times Literary Supplement *

About Irenosen Okojie

Irenosen Okojie is a Nigerian British writer. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for an Edinburgh International First Book Award. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, the Observer, the Guardian, the BBC and the Huffington Post amongst other publications. Her short story collection Speak Gigantular , published by Jacaranda Books, was shortlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize, the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award. She was recently inducted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature as one of the Forty Under Forty initiative.

Additional information

GOR011229181
9780349700915
0349700915
Nudibranch by Irenosen Okojie
Used - Like New
Paperback
Little, Brown Book Group
2020-11-12
272
Short-listed for Caine Prize for African Writing 2020 (UK) Long-listed for Jhalak Prize 2020 (UK)
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