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Oneworld, publishers of the 2015 and 2016 winners of the Booker Prize—Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, respectively—have picked up the UK rights to Jennifer Makumbi’s “Great Ugandan Novel” Kintu.

According to The Bookseller, “Oneworld publisher Juliet Mabey bought UK and Commonwealth rights from James McDonald-Lockhart at Antony Harwood.” Kintu, which won the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013, was first published in Kenya in 2014, and in the US this year, and Oneworld will be publishing it in hardback in January 2018.

Described by Marlon James as “a soaring and sublime epic…one of those great stories that was just waiting to be told,” Kintu is proving to be the most discussed novel of the year, sparking great praise and rebooting an important conversation.

Following the acquisition, Mabey stated:

Kintu is a modern classic already earning high praise and comparisons to Yaa Gyasi’s epic Homegoing. With a rich, multi-layered narrative and strong characterization, it brilliantly interlaces history, politics, and myth to map the history of the Buganda kingdom and the birth of modern Uganda. Oneworld has always been committed to publishing the best fiction from around the world and Kintu epitomises this policy.

Read last week’s feature on Makumbi’s applaudable interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Congratulations to Makumbi.

 

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, he is the author of the short stories: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Submissions Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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