Literature: Popular Nigerian author makes international UK debut

Literature: Popular Nigerian author makes international UK debut

Popular Nigerian writer Toni Kan, who wrote Nights of the Creaking Bed, has made an international debut in the United Kingdom.

Though the Night of the Creaking Bed was formerly published in 2009, it got into the UK market on the Tuesday, May 30.

The book was the winner of the Saro Wiwa/NDDC prose prize in 2009 after it received world acclaim for its ability to not only capture the human condition but how the human se*xuality is connected with everyday actions.

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In praising the book, another popular Nigerian author, Sefi Atta, said the book is punctuated with sweet lyricism and gives an interesting perspective about Lagos life.

She said: "Beginning with deliberate brevity and ending on a note of lush lyricism, these fascinating vignettes of Lagos life showcase an array of peripatetic characters who are hopelessly stuck in their dilemmas."

Zukiswa Wanner, a Kenya based writer, said the book is unpredictable and interesting in its complexity, praising the author’s style to capture the human capacity for love and cruelty at the same time.

"In Nights of the Creaking Bed, Toni Kan holds a mirror to humanity's ability to love tenderly one minute and destroy cruelly in the next, thus capturing with style the complexity and unpredictability of not just his characters but ourselves. A necessary addition to the library of any discerning reader," she said.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a first print, first edition copy of late Chinua Achebe’s premier novel Things Fall Apart was purchased for one million naira.

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The private sale took place on Twitter following a call by Lola Shoneyin, an author, for collectors to purchase the vintage copy.

Shoneyin, who is well-known for her book The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, tweeted the sale on Sunday, February 10.

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