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Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi discusses her new novel from Transit Books, Kintu, with Sarah Ladipo Manyika.
Praise for Kintu
"This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph.”—Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze
"Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn’t know you were waiting for."—Aaron Bady, The New Inquiry
"An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth."—Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes
First published in Kenya in 2014 to critical and popular acclaim, Kintu is a modern classic, a multilayered narrative that reimagines the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. Divided into six sections, the novel begins in 1750, when Kintu Kidda sets out for the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the kingdom of Buganda. Along the way, he unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations. In an ambitious tale of a clan and a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu’s descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.
Longlisted for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Debut African Fiction
Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize
"Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn't know you were waiting for."--Aaron Bady, The New Inquiry
"Dr. Morayo Da Silva is one of the most memorable characters you are likely to encounter on the page - intelligent, indomitable, author and survivor of a large life.