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Beasts Of No Nation

In a powerful, strikingly original voice that vividly captures Agu’s youth and confusion, Uzodinma Iweala has produced a harrowing, inventive, and deeply affecting novel.

In this stunning debut novel, Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. Haunted by his father’s own death at the hands of militants, Agu is vulnerable to the dangerous yet paternal nature of his new commander. While the war rages on, Agu becomes increasingly divorced from the life he had known before the conflict started—a life of school friends, church services, and time with his family still intact.

In a powerful, strikingly original voice that vividly captures Agu’s youth and confusion, Uzodinma Iweala has produced a harrowing, inventive, and deeply affecting novel.

Weight 136 g
Dimensions 134 x 13 x 196 mm
ISBN

9780719564468

Country

Nigeria

Pages

192

Format

Paperback

Language

English

Date

08 Oct 2015

Author

Uzodinma Iweala

Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd

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Editorial Review

“[Beasts of No Nation] is a work of visceral urgency…it heralds the arrival of a major talent.” (Amitav Ghosh, author of The Glass Palace)

“Uzodinma Iweala is a gifted and brave writer.” (Chris Abani, author of GraceLand)

“An astonishing debut.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“A harrowing account of the intoxication of violence…that offers no easy answers or explanations.” (Library Journal)

“This is an extraordinary book. . . . It’s so vivid [and] powerful.” (Sunday Telegraph)