Vagabonds! (Hardback)
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Vagabonds! (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 31/03/2022
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Waterstones Says

An exuberant tribute to the 'vagabonds' who live their lives in the margins, Osunde's freewheeling takedown of Nigerian capitalism takes readers on a twilight tour of the spirits and misfits of Lagos.

Shortlisted for The Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize 2022

Vagabonds! is a tumultuous and unexpectedly joyous novel of oppression and defiance among the people and spirits of Lagos.

Lagos is a city for all... you share this place with flesh and not-flesh, and it's just as much their city as it is yours.

Eko, the spirit of Lagos, and his loyal minion Tatafo weave trouble through the streets of Lagos and through the lives of the 'vagabonds' powering modern Nigeria: the queer, the displaced and the footloose.

With Tatafo as our guide we meet these people in the shadows. Among them are a driver for a debauched politician; a lesbian couple whose tender relationship sheds unexpected light on their experience with underground sex work; a mother who attends a secret spiritual gathering that shifts her reality. As their lives begin to intertwine-in markets and underground clubs, in churches and hotel rooms-the vagabonds are seized and challenged by the spirits who command the city. A force is drawing them all together, but for what purpose?

In her debut novel Vagabonds! Eloghosa Osunde tackles the insidious nature of Nigerian capitalism, corruption and oppression, and offers a defiant, joyous and inventive tribute to all those for whom life itself is a form of resistance.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008498016
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 222 x 141 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘You don’t read this novel. You swan dive into it, then gasp in wonder’ Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings ‘I’m in awe of Osunde’s writing … I can’t wait for others to delve into the joyous, defiant world she has rendered for her debut novel, VAGABONDS!’ Caleb Azumah Nelson, author of Open Water ‘Every year promises the birth of the next literary superstar… Eloghosa Osunde’s VAGABONDS! is an exceptional debut’ i-D ‘A feast of a book, a marvelous ode to spirits and outsiders that is irreverent (and painfully funny) while being serious enough to drill a hole in one’s chest. There is nothing in the world like this book’ Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky ‘A novel as vivid and varied as the city itself’ Harper’s Bazaar 'Osunde’s gasp-inducing novel takes us to the Lagos streets with an ensemble of misfits and vagabonds, each with their own stories of queerness, personal demons, all-consuming love… Immerse yourself in Osunde’s kaleidoscopic world' AnOther Magazine ‘An explosive portrait of Nigeria that will blow your mind – in prose that feels so alive it practically vibrates off the page. A masterpiece’ Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan ‘A dazzling, hypnotic portrait of lives lived on the margins’ T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls ‘A vibrant blend of big-city life and contemporary mythology’ New York Times ‘Osunde’s writing is rich and sensorial … Vagabonds! is alive with magical potential in the face of oppression’ Creative Review

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“Lagos: it is a city, but not.”

It took me a little while to adjust to the rhythm of Vagabonds! but once I did, I was happy to be taken along for the ride. I love the exclamation mark in the title – it gives an idea of the book’s vivacity, its... More

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“Gloriously Magical And Terrifyingly Real”

Vagabonds! blends the fantastical and the horribly real to paint a portrait of a queer underclass surviving against the odds in the cracks beneath a city’s glittering facade of wealth and glamour.The city is Lagos,... More

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“A Book For The Ages”

This is a truly stunning book; it's brave by every measure of the word, formally challenging, radical in subject matter, bold in narrative voice. One of the most important Nigerian novels of the 21st century, and... More

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