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Kalakuta Republic

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This collection of poems details the harrowing experiences endured by Chris Abani and others at the hands of Nigeria's military regime in the late 1980s. The poems describe the characters from the prison inmates to their torturers.
Paperback, 116 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Saqi Books
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I read this book for my Global & Transnational Literature class at the University of Utah.

What a wonderful read! Abani's story packs a powerful punch. His language is both beautifully gentle and necessarily violent. This poetry demands to be read and his story deserves to be known.
Terrifyingly close to be so far away, like the cat in the biscuit tin at the end. Read this because you have to bear witness. Read this because surviving is art. Read this because you are paler when you leave it.
This book is as brutal as it needs to be to represent brutality. Not easy, but then it ought not to be.
amzing, stark, poetry from his time in prison. true evidence of the power of words.
Even more resonant & gut-wrenching the 2nd time around.
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Christopher Abani (or Chris Abani) is a Nigerian author.

He was a political prisoner in Nigeria at various times during 1985 and 1991. At times he was held in solitary confinement and he was held on death row for some time after being sentenced to death for treason.

He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the 2001 Prince C
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