Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

a nutshell: no brusque clamber into a family tree, but a thorough venture from roots to canopy – a complex exploration of how blood ties can seep from Bugandan ancestors down the generations to modern city-dwellers

a line: “sometimes, when the world is not looking, the surgeons poke Africa in the wounds”

an image: a young orphan sings to herself in attempt to forget a botched abduction that leads to her kidnappers being killed by a crowd

a thought: the author’s allusions to acts typically abhorred – such as incest or human sacrifice – are rare and compelling in their refusal to cast judgement

a fact: words from the Bantu language are often dropped into the text – e.g. ‘mzungu’, which translates as ‘someone who roams around’ – referring to a white person


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