Pemi Aguda

The supernatural looms over the grime and sweat of everyday life in Lagos in this dazzling collection of stories from a prize-winning young Nigerian writer.

'You'll find it hard to tear yourself away' Ore Agbaje-Williams, author of The Three of Us
'Each story is a tiny wonder' Kirsty Logan, author of The Unfamiliar
'Marvellously unsettling' Kelly Link, author of The Book of Love
'An astonishing talent' Lauren Groff, author of The Vaster Wilds

The Lagos of these twelve sinister and beguiling stories is multi-faceted, peopled by Pentecostal Christians and exasperated atheists; by tight-knit extended families and struggling single fathers. Here are characters cursed by guilt, bound by the ties of ancestors and community; or enchanted by the allure of mysticism and would-be prophets. There are gossips and party girls - and a schoolboy followed home by a group of tribal masquerades, cloaked in feathers and twinkling beads. Yes, his mother has warned him not to bring strangers home, but he is sure she will understand ...

Exploring the dark borders between psychology and superstition, these feverishly imaginative stories of trauma, betrayal, terror and love lay bare the forces of myth, tradition, gender, sexuality and modernity in Nigerian society. Powered by a deep empathy, and glinting with humour and insight, they announce a major new literary talent.

  • Classification : Horror
  • Pub Date : MAY 9, 2024
  • Imprint : VIRAGO
  • Page Extent : 224
  • Binding : TPB
  • ISBN : 9780349018232
  • Price : INR 699

Pemi Aguda

Pemi Aguda is from Lagos, Nigeria. She is the winner of the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers' Award and a graduate of the Zell MFA program at the University of Michigan. Her work has been published in American Short Fiction, Granta, One Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope and The Best Short Stories 2022 and 2023: The O. Henry Prize Winners, edited by Valeria Luiselli (2022) and Lauren Groff (2023), among other publications.

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