The Death of Vivek Oji (Paperback)
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The Death of Vivek Oji (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages
Published: 06/05/2021
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Exploring familial tensions and the fears of an overprotective mother, The Death of Vivek Oji tells a captivating story of a Nigerian childhood and the struggle between freedom and love.

Shortlisted for the Swansea University Dylan Thomas Prize 2021

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2021

They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died.

One afternoon, a mother opens her front door to find the length of her son's body stretched out on the veranda, swaddled in akwete material, his head on her welcome mat. The Death of Vivek Oji transports us to the day of Vivek's birth, the day his grandmother Ahunna died. It is the story of an over protective mother and a distant father, and the heart-wrenching tale of one family's struggle to understand their child, just as Vivek learns to recognize himself.

Teeming with unforgettable characters whose lives have been shaped by Vivek's gentle and enigmatic spirit, it shares with us a Nigerian childhood that challenges expectations. This novel, and its celebration of the innocence and optimism of youth, will touch all those who embrace it.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571351008
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 215 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm
Edition: Main


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'Emezi's surreal prose shines...extraordinary.' - Ayobami Adebayo, on FRESHWATER, Guardian'This book lured me in from the first sentence. It shook me to the core. This book forges its own glorious path. Read it now. Give it to everyone you know. Read it again.' - Daisy Johnson, on FRESHWATER

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“Mesmerizing”

Thanks to NetGalley and The Publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars rounded up.

I decided to read this book as I'd seen the title come up on quite a few lists I follow and I had... More

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“Great Novel - Highly Recommended”

A highly impressive novel that will lure you in.
At the start the body of Vivek Oji is laid on his mother’s doorstep. We know Vivek will die but who was Vivek, what kind of person was he and why was his life cut... More

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“Akwaeke Emezi - The Death of Vivek Oji”

When they hear some noise outside, Kavita opens the door and finds her son Vivek dead on the porch. There was some commotion at the local market and Vivek had wanted to go there where he obviously was killed. But who... More

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