"Not seeing that Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird
or Agota Kristof’s workstation Trilogy has there been this kind of harrowing novel approximately what it’s prefer to be a teen in a conflict. That Chris Abani is ready to locate humanity, mercy, or even, certain, forgiveness, amid such devastation is whatever of a miracle.”—Rebecca Brown, writer of The finish of Youth
"The second you input those pages, you step right into a appealing and terrifying dream. you're within the arms of a grasp, a literary shaman. Abani casts his spell so completely—so devastatingly—you emerge cleansed, redeemed, and completely haunted."—Brad Kessler, writer of Birds in Fall
Part Inferno, half Paradise Lost, and half Sunjiata epic, Song for Night is the tale of a West African boy soldier’s lyrical, terrifying, but attractive trip during the nightmare panorama of a brutal warfare looking for his misplaced platoon. The reader is led by way of the unvoiced protagonist who, as a part of a land mine-clearing platoon, had his vocal chords reduce, a stream to maintain those little ones from screaming while blown up, and thereby distracting the opposite minesweepers. The publication is written in a ghostly voice, with each one bankruptcy headed via a line of the original signal language those childrens invented. This publication is not like anything ever written approximately an African war.
Chris Abani is a Nigerian poet and novelist and the writer of The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail (a New York Times Editor’s Choice), and GraceLand (a collection of the Today Show publication membership and winner of the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award). His different prizes contain a PEN Freedom to write down Award, a Prince Claus Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He lives and teaches in California.