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Transparent City, Men Don’t Die and Club Ded

Ondjaki, Ever Obi and Nikhil Singh Interviewed by Onyeka Nwelue

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

4:00pm

1 hour

Bodleian: Divinity School

£7 - £12.50

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African writers Ondjaki, Ever Ob and Nikhil Singhi talk about their work, their writing lives, influences, and the importance of place and culture.

Ondjaki’s latest novel, Transparent City, is a work of magical realism, political satire, comedy and literary experimentation. The melancholic Odonato is living in a Luanda apartment block. He is nostalgic for the country of his youth and searching for his son. As his hope drains away and the city outside changes, his flesh becomes transparent and his body weightless.

‘Ondjaki is experimentally bold, and his prose shifts through a kaleidoscope of registers, from the poetic to the political, the erotic to the absurd.’ The TLS

Ondjaki is Angolan and writes in Portuguese. He is the most prominent African writer of Portuguese since the former colonies achieved independence in 1975.

Obi was born in Nigeria and lives in Lagos where he works in financial risk management. His debut novel is Men Don’t Die, the story of Brume Lauva who decides to run away from his life and a girlfriend that shatter his heart with some stolen money. On the way to Lagos, the bus he is in crashes and he is the only survivor and without a scratch.

Singh is a South African writer, artist and musician. His debut novel Taty Went West was shortlisted for best African novel in the Nommo Awards. His latest is a psychedelic-noir novel, Club Ded.

Discussions are chaired by filmmaker, talk-show host, writer, bookseller and teacher Onyeka Nwelue, an academic visitor at the University of Oxford African Studies Centre and founder of the James Currey Prize for African Literature. He is also advisor to the festival’s programme of African literature and culture.

This event is part of the festival’s programme of African literature and culture.

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Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Symington Wines of the Douro Valley International Literary Properties Supporters of the festival green room The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner European Union Delegation of the European Union to the United Kingdom Cultural Relations Platform Supporter of the festival's Voices of Europe programme Owen Mumford Supporter of programme of science and medicine and annual science and innovation award BBC World Service International radio partner University of Oxford FT Weekend Title partner Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel by Graduate Hotels Sponsor of the festival crime fiction programme Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Marlene Hauser Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore David Isaac Carole and John Allen Lucian Hudson Pank Koria CEO of Project People Masumi and Jonathan Dobson Miles Young Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture George Warren Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture John Roberts Trinity College Trinity College St Cross College St Cross College Lincoln College Lincoln College Worcester College Worcester College New College Exeter College Exeter College: college home of the festival The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Project People Foodbuy Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Paul Bloomfield Ltd Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre City Audio Visual Racalia Olive Oil Olive oil from Sicily Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Royal Academy of Arts Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese James Currey Society Hattus Books Hattus Books La Cave Musik Pusey House Cervantes Institute, London Confucius Institute Literature Ireland Pasture to Plate