Blessings roman van de Nigeriaanse schrijver Chukwuebuka Ibeh

Chukwuebuka Ibeh Blessings recensie en informatie over de inhoud van de eerste roman van de Nigeriaanse schrijver. Op 22 februari 2024 verschijnt bij uitgeverij Penguin books de debuutroman van de uit Nigeria afkomstige schrijver Chukwuebuka Ibeh. Op 22 februari 2024 verschijnt bij uitgeverij Penguin Books de roman van de uit Nigeria afkomstige schrijver Chukwuebuka Ibeh. Hier lees je informatie over de inhoud van de roman, de schrijver en over de uitgave. Er is geen Nederlandse vertaling van de roman verkrijgbaar of aangekondigd.

Chukwuebuka Ibeh Blessings recensie

Als er in de media een boekbespreking of recensie verschijnt van Blessings, de debuutroman van de Nigeriaanse schrijver Chukwuebuka Ibeh, besteden we er op deze pagina aandacht aan.

  • “A moving debut about love and loneliness.” (Sunday Times)
  • “A magnificent debut… Ibeh has the ability to ensure his political positions inform, rather than overwhelm, the intimate dramas at the heart of his fiction. He’s vocal about the writers he admires – among them, Buchi Emecheta, Jhumpa Lahiri, Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – and clearly ambitious. With writing this good, it’s to be hoped he’ll soon find his name among their ranks.” (Daily Telegraph)
  • “Blessings is the poignant tale of a talented and sensitive Nigerian boy, Obiefuna, who is caught by his conservative father in a clinch with another young gay man…an emotive, affecting debut.” (The Observer)

Chukwuebuka Ibeh Blessings


  • Auteur: Chukwuebuka Ibeh (Nigeria)
  • Soort boek: Nigeriaanse roman
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Penguin Books
  • Verschijnt: 22 februari 2024
  • Omvang: 249 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: gebonden boek / ebook / luisterboek
  • Prijs: £14.99 / £7.99 / £14.00
  • Boek bestellen bij: Amazon / Bol

Flaptekst van de eerste roman van Chukwuebuka Ibeh

When Obiefuna’s father witnesses an intimate moment between his teenage son and the family’s apprentice, newly arrived from the nearby village, he banishes Obiefuna to a Christian boarding school. Surrounded by unknown faces that soon become friends, lovers and enemies, Obiefuna finds and hides who he truly is, while his mother Uzoamaka grapples to hold onto her favourite son, her truest friend. When he leaves school as a young man, Nigeria criminalizes same-sex relationships – and Obiefuna’s life, or the life he wants to live, becomes even harder to envision – out of reach in a way that is more dangerous and tangible than before.

Told from the alternating perspectives of Obiefuna and his mother Uzoamaka, as they reach towards a future that will hold them both, BLESSINGS is an elegant and exquisitely moving story of love and loneliness. Asking how we can live freely when politics reaches into our hearts and lives, as well as deep into our consciousness, it is a stunning, searing debut.

Chukwuebuka Ibeh (2000) is a writer from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, born in 2000. His writing has appeared in McSweeneysThe New England Review of Books and Lolwe, amongst others, and he is a staff writer at Brittle Paper. He was the Runner-up for the 2021 J.F Powers Prize for Fiction, a finalist for the Gerald Kraak Award and Morland Foundation Scholarship and was profiled as one of the “Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction” in Electric Literature. He has studied creative writing under Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dave Eggers and Tash Aw. He is a student on a fully funded MFA programme at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, until 2024.

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