Kintu (Paperback)

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Following a family, and a family curse, through generations, Makumbi has written an epic novel of Uganda where the personal, political, and supernatural are blended so seamlessly that "magical realism" seems too coy a term to describe it. Reminiscent of Rushdie's Midnight's Children, the mystical acts as an inextricable and inexorable element of reality in Kintu, and the characters' responses to it are heartbreaking and enthralling.

— Laurel

This magisterial novel traces the story of a curse passed down from a 18th century patriarch to disparate members of his family tree in the 21st century in Uganda. Skipping the entire colonial history of the country, quite purposefully, the author tells a captivating tale of life in Uganda, subversively questioning traditional gender roles and rejecting the notion of an un-modernized, stubborn Africa with her depiction of a vibrant, complex country that is able to maintain its own myths, beliefs, and sense of heritage within a constantly Westernizing world. And that it was written by a Ugandan, for a Ugandan audience--that is, not for the sake of being palatable to an outside reader--makes it all the more important a read for those of us living in former or current colonial powers like the US.

— Jacob R


Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017

Winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize

Winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize

A soaring and sublime epic. One of those great stories that was just waiting to be told.--Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings

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 Buganda Kingdom. 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.

About the Author

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University, where she now teaches. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. Her story Let's Tell This Story Properly won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of short stories, Travel Is to See, Return Is to Tell. Jennifer lives in Manchester, UK with her husband, Damian, and her son, Jordan. Aaron Bady is a writer in Oakland and an editor at The New Inquiry.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781945492013
ISBN-10: 1945492015
Publisher: Transit Books
Publication Date: May 16th, 2017
Pages: 446
Language: English