Nairobi noir

Format: Print Book 2020
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" Nairobi Noir takes readers into the enigmas that haunt Kenya''s most populous city through the deft storytelling of a stellar cast of writers, which includes Ngũgĩ wa Thiong''o, Stanley Gazemba, Makena Onjerika, Troy Onyango, and others."
-- Brittle Paper , One of 50 Notable African Books of 2020

"Nairobi is a city of 3 million souls, so it makes sense as a setting Akashic Books'' famed noir series. 14 new stories fill a collection with Nairobi old and new; authors range in age from 24 to 81, and many layers of the city and its complex subcultures will be revealed as the reader makes their way through. Perfect for the armchair traveler!"
-- CrimeReads , included in CrimeReads '' Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020

"In Nairobi Noir , [Kimani''s] assembled a diverse set of Kenyan authors to take a hard look at their city."
-- The Big Thrill

"[ Nairobi Noir ] is a successful collection, which brings together a truly distinct set of new and old voices. Calling Nairobi layered is an understatement, and this collection starts peeling back the surface by attempting to harness the volatile energies of a complicated city that hides more than it reveals."
-- New Frame

"Racial, religious, and class divides are acutely observed in the 14 new stories from Kenyan writers...Crime fiction fans will find much to savor."
-- Publishers Weekly

"The teeming diversity of Nairobi, a metropolis of more than 3 million people, is reflected in this anthology, illustrated by a map of the city that shows a different neighborhood location for each story, the neighborhood''s name mischievously overlaying the white silhouette of a corpse. The highlights are as diverse as the city itself."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"A book that leaves an indelible impression on you from just the opening sentences of the very first story."
-- Exclusive Magazine

"These stories take you down into the dark parts of town where you get down and dirty. You meet prejudice, racism, the moneyed and the poor. You meet corrupt police, criminals, and the innocent."
-- Journey of a Bookseller

"Kimani is quite a well-known African author, who obviously knows Nairobi intimately, and after I read his story ''Blood Sister,'' I realized that he was the perfect person to edit the book."
-- The Cyberlibrarian

Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir . Each book comprises all new stories, each one set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city.

Brand-new stories by: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong''o, Stanley Gazemba, Ngumi Kibera, Peter Kimani, Winfred Kiunga, Kinyanjui Kombani, Caroline Mose, Kevin Mwachiro, Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ, Faith Oneya, Makena Onjerika, Troy Onyango, J.E. Sibi-Okumu, and Rasna Warah.

From the introduction by Peter Kimani:

Nairobi Noir is an act of excavation, rediscovering the city''s ossified past and infusing life to preserve it for future generations. It is also an act of celebration, reminding readers of the brilliance of the best-known writers to emerge from this part of the world, and heralding the birth of new writers whose gifts, we can safely predict, will shine brightly in the years ahead.

The oldest writer in this anthology is eighty-one, the youngest is only twenty-four; if there is any inference one can draw from this demographic it is that this anthology offers an entire spectrum of Kenyan writing: the past, present, and future. If we can allow one extravagant claim, a collection of this nature is unprecedented in Kenya''s literary history.

Although the range of issues explored in Nairobi Noir is as diverse as its contributors, it all gestures toward a common theme. In this concrete jungle, the hunters and herders live on. As do the hunted...

part I. The hunters: She dug two graves / Winfred Kiunga ; Number sita / Kevin Mwachiro ; Andaki / Kinyanjui Kombani ; A song from a forgotten place / Troy Onyango ; Mathree / Makena Onjerika
part II. The hunted: Blood sister / Peter Kimani ; Say you are not my son / Faith Oneya ; For our mothers / Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ ; Plot ten / Caroline Mose ; Have another roti / Rasna Warah
part III. The herders. Belonging / J.E. Sibi-Okumu ; The hermit in the helmet / Ngũgi wa Thiong'o ; Turn on the lights / Stanley Gazemba ; The night beat / Ngumi Kibera.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Racial, religious, and class divides are acutely observed in the 14 new stories from Kenyan writers in this decent Akashic noir anthology. In the introduction, Kimani (Dance of the Jakaranda) describes the multicultural, "segregated city" of Nairobi as a "concrete jungle" occupied by "the hunters and the herders and the hunted." Throughout the volume, where emphasis is placed on inequality and injustice, government corruption and police brutality are ever-present. Winfred Kiunga explores these themes to good effect in the memorably grim "She Dug Two Graves," in which a grieving woman of Somali heritage seeks vengeance on the deputy police commissioner for her brother's murder. Rasna Warah's moving psychological drama, "Have Another Roti," about bribery and exploitation of the immigration lottery, also focuses on Somali refugees. Other noteworthy stories include Caroline Mose's gripping "Plot Ten," in which a police officer is implicitly responsible for a girl's death, and Ngumi Kibera's satirical "The Night Beat," centering on crooked policemen. Though quality varies and not all selections are indeed noir, crime fiction fans will find much to savor. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Series Akashic noir series.
Subjects Crime scenes -- Kenya -- Nairobi -- Fiction.
Kenyans -- Fiction.
Short stories, Kenyan (English)
Noir fiction, English.
Nairobi (Kenya) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Nairobi (Kenya) -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Short stories.
Noir fiction.
Publisher Brooklyn, New York, USA :Akashic Books,2020
Contributors Kimani, Peter, 1971- editor, author.
Language English
Notes "AKB560 NS100"--Spine.
Description 244 pages : map ; 21 cm.
ISBN 9781617757549
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