Kalakuta Republic

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Kalakuta Republic

The Assault on Your Need to Know

By Christopher Abani

Saqi Books, Paperback, 9780863563225, 116pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2000

"Kalakuta Republic" is a powerful collection of poems detailing the harrowing experiences endured by Abani and others at the hands of Nigeria's military regime in the late 1980s. Abani's poems are dedicated to those who experienced but did not live through the suffering. In the poems, he describes the characters that people this dark world, from the prison inmates to their torturers, the generals. "Kalakuta Republic" is based on Abani's experience as political prisoner between 1985 and 1991.

About the Author
Chris Abani was born in Nigeria. At age sixteen he published his first novel, for which he suffered severe political persecution. He went into exile in 1991, and has since lived in England and the United States. His last book, "Daphne's Lot," is a collection of poetry for which he won a 2003 Lannan Literary Fellowship. He is also the recipient of the PEN USA West Freedom to Write Award and the Prince Claus Award. Abani lives and teaches in Los Angeles.