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May 17, 2011
| ISBN 9780307356918
May 11, 2010
| ISBN 9780307374165
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May 17, 2011 | ISBN 9780307356918
May 11, 2010 | ISBN 9780307374165
A dark comedy about disaster capitalism, cutthroat office politics, vicious sibling rivalry, hapless do-gooderism and the corporatization of water.When a humanitarian catastrophe strikes Nigeria, an unforgettable cast of Machiavellian opportunists and quixotic do-gooders swoop in to make the most of the tragedy.Some time in the near future, Kainji Dam, the engineering marvel that is the pride of Nigeria, collapses, killing thousands of villagers. The Minister of Natural Resources can hardly believe his luck – now he can make a bid for the presidency. On the other side of the world, the grimly ambitious executive of a water company also sniffs an opportunity – to make her bosses happy by privatizing a major African river. Her sister, Barbara, who has never encountered a cause she wouldn’t carry a placard for, joins forces with Femi Jegede, a charismatic Nigerian activist whose family was swept away in the disaster. The result: a wickedly satirical romp along a road to hell paved with both good and bad intentions. Brazen, hilarious and sublimely written, Carole Enahoro’s debut novel is simply dazzling.
Carole Enahoro was born in London of a Nigerian father and an English mother, and grew up in Nigeria, Britain and Canada, and still shares her time among the three. With a background in art history and film, she has… More about Carole Enahoro
“It is no mean thing to say that Enahoro has caught something of our time. Doing Dangerously Well does just that, an intriguing and heartfelt assault.”—The Globe and Mail“A diabolically satirical farce that leaves you shaking your head at one moment and quaking with laughter the next.” —Hour“Reading Carole Enahoro’s work is like encountering a tree dripping with fruit — one is taken aback by the richness of what she creates. She is both generous and riveting.” –Douglas Coupland“A hilarious mix of satire, political intrigue and environmental mismanagement on two continents…. Enaharo’s characters are larger than life as they bumble, manipulate and bribe their way through the political landscapes of Nigeria, Europe and Ottawa.” –The Chronicle Herald“Totally believable. Doing Dangerously Well features fascinatingly rich characters…. This is a writer to watch.” —NOW (Toronto)
20 Writerly Questions for Carole Enahoro1. How would you summarize your book in one sentence? “A glass of water… for the soul.” Actually a friend came up with this lofty description to pretend he’d read the manuscript, which he hadn’t. 2. How long did it take you to write this book? 6 months to write, 6 months to edit, after work most days. I was extremely surprised when the editor insisted on rewrites. 3. Where is your favorite place to write?Anywhere with people, preferably with food, as long as the people make no noise whatsoever and don’t chew with their mouths open. 4. How do you choose your characters’ names? The meaning, the sound or friends’ names. 5. How many drafts do you go through? I go through two. It appears the editor likes me to go through far more than that. It’s a cross I have to bear and I do so with quiet grace. I simply have to inform her of this, as she’s under a giant misapprehension on this point. 6. If there was one book you wish you had written what would it be? There is, but I’d blow a lot of the passwords to my many offshore accounts if I revealed it. My favourite Canadian author is Miriam Toews. 7. If your book were to become a movie, who would you like to see star in it? Anyone who would bribe an author for a part. Even if they were riddled with Botox and couldn’t form any facial expressions. 8. What’s your favourite city in the world? I don’t know because I haven’t seen all the cities yet and I have very volatile tastes. 9. If you could talk to any writer living or dead who would it be, and what would you ask?The philosopher Wittgenstein and I wouldn’t ask him anything because on the whole he refused to talk to women. He also spoke nonstop and didn’t like to be interrupted. So I’d just blink intelligently. 10. When do you write best, morning or night?Night. Besides which, I write best after I’ve complained to someone that I have to write. 11. Who is the first person who gets to read your manuscript? My editorial group, Critical Ms, which likes the smell of crispy human kebab. 12. Do you have a guilty pleasure read? No. I am sociopathic. I feel no guilt. 13. What’s on your nightstand right now? Nightstand? Wow. I smell inherited wealth. On my floor I have At Swim, Two Boys; Elizabeth George x 2; In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo; Tristram Shandy; Death of a Cozy Writer; War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times; poems of John Pepper Clark-Bekederemo; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time; Gods Behaving Badly; and, yes I’ll admit it, Bourdieu Language and Symbolic Power. 14. What is the first book you remember reading? Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. In the original Greek. Then, when I was three, I read it in Sanskrit. 15. Did you always want to be a writer? No. 16. What do you drink or eat while you write? Whatever is unhealthy. 17. Typewriter, laptop, or pen & paper? I think I saw a typewriter in a museum once. I use the others unless it’s quill and parchment if I’m trying to make a point to someone chatting loudly in a café. 18. What do you wear when you write? A negligee. Usually have a poodle on my lap too. In an unrelated incident, the library has since banned any form of nightwear on premises. 19. How do you decide which narrative point of view to write from? I don’t. It’s always multiple points of view through 3rd person. Voice of God has never bothered me either. 20. What is the best gift someone could give a writer? Lots of close friends who like reading manuscripts and hearing complaints. I’m actually pretending I wouldn’t prefer a great deal of money.
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