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Chris Abani
Chris Abani
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Chris Abani’s prose includes the novels “The Virgin of Flames” (Penguin, 2007) “GraceLand” (FSG, 2004/Picador 2005), “Masters of the Board” (Delta,...

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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.

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Chris Abani
Chris Abani
Zuade Kaufman/Truthdig

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, 2004), “Daphne’s Lot” (Red Hen, 2003), and “Kalakuta Republic” (Saqi, 2001). He is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Riverside and also teaches in the MFA Program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award & the PEN Hemingway Book Prize.

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