Magazine article New Internationalist

[Arrows of Rain]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Arrows of Rain]

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Arrows of Rain is a brooding and powerful first novel from Nigerian Okey Ndibe, founding editor of the respected African Commentary magazine. The book is set in the fictional African state of Madia, suffering under its despotic ruler, Life-President General Isa Palat Bello. When a young woman runs into the sea and drowns, the police question the last man to see her alive, the eccentric vagrant known as Bukuru. What Bukuru reveals illuminates not just an army beyond control and a disintegrating country but also how his own tragic history is intertwined with the murderous past of Isa Palat Bello.

Incarcerated and his sanity in question, Bukuru ponders how much of the truth to reveal and to whom. Can he trust the psychiatrist examining him or the journalist investigating his story? …

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