Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi discusses her novel "Kintu"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi to the store to discuss and sign Kintu, on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 pm. She will be in conversation with DIESEL bookseller Aaron Bady, who also wrote the introduction.
First published in Kenya in 2014 to critical and popular acclaim, Kintu is a modern classic, a multilayered narrative that reimagines the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. Divided into six sections, the novel begins in 1750, when Kintu Kidda sets out for the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Buganda Kingdom. Along the way, he unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations. In an ambitious tale of a clan and a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu’s descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.
Praise for Kintu
"This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph.”—Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze
"Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn’t know you were waiting for."—Aaron Bady, The New Inquiry
"An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth."—Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes
""A masterpiece of cultural memory, Kintu is elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity." -- Publishers Weekly
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. Her story "Let's Tell This Story Properly" won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of short stories, Travel is to See, Return is to Tell. Jennifer lives in Manchester, UK with her husband, Damian, and her son, Jordan.