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Chris Abani
Chris Abani

Chris Abani’s prose includes the novels “The Virgin of Flames” (Penguin, 2007) “GraceLand” (FSG, 2004/Picador 2005), “Masters of the Board” (Delta, 1985) and a novella, “Becoming Abigail” (Akashic, 2006). His poetry collections are “Hands Washing Water” (Copper Canyon, 2006), “Dog Woman” (Red Hen,...


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Chris Abani: Abigail and My Becoming

The acclaimed Nigerian novelist recounts the origins of his harrowing new novella about child prostitution. “The third-fastest-growing industry, after arms and drugs, is the trafficking of young women for sex. You won’t find it listed on the GDP or GNP of any nation. Everyone pretends that it doesn’t happen.” Also, read in an interview how Abani’s imprisonment and torture informed his writing.

Posted on Apr 19, 2006

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