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How to Write About Africa

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How to Write About Africa by Binyavanga Wainaina
Jun 06, 2023 | ISBN 9780812989670

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“Binyavanga Wainaina was many things in his short, frenetic life: memoirist and roving essayist, trailblazing editor and publisher, agitator and activist. . . . Wainaina’s language [is] barbed, playful, inventive . . . his omnivorous brilliance matched by ambition and vision on a continental scale.”The New York Times

“It’s beginning to seem like Binyavanga Wainaina’s satirical essay ‘How to Write About Africa’ might be, after the Bible, the most read English-language text on the African continent. . . . This collection of his writing—the first to be published since he died—makes it difficult not to feel the scale of [his] loss. . . . A fierce literary talent . . . [Wainaina] shines a light on his continent without cliché.”The Guardian

“Brilliant . . . incisive . . . each [essay] showcasing Wainaina’s sharp wit and penetrating analysis.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Unflagging in his generosity, unflinching and direct in his criticism, [Wainaina] produced work in his short life that will have longer-lasting impact than those whose time here is twice as long.”—Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, chair of the Caine Prize for African Writing

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