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Kumukanda

by Kayo Chingonyi - £10.00  Vintage Publishing (Chatto & Windus) (2017)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781784741396 | ISBN 10: 1784741396

*AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 AND RADIO 6 MUSIC*
*FINANCIAL TIMES SUMMER PICK 2017*
*GUARDIAN BEST HOLIDAY READS 2017*

"A brilliant debut – a tender, nostalgic and at times darkly hilarious exploration of black boyhood, masculinity and grief – from one of my favourite writers"
(Warsan Shire)
Translating as ‘initiation’, kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. The poems of Kayo Chingonyi’s remarkable debut explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the living and the dead; between the gulf of who he is and how he is perceived.
 
Underpinned by a love of music, language and literature, here is a powerful exploration of race, identity and masculinity, celebrating what it means to be British and not British, all at once.

(Price & availability last checked: August 2017)

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