SEASON OF CRIMSON BLOSSOMS

: Ibrahim (A.)

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290pp., paperback, (Abudja), 2016

 

Winner of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature 2016.

Novel set in a conservative Muslim community in Nigeria.

A twenty-five-year-old street gang leader, Hassan Reza, has an illicit affair with a devout fifty-five-year-old widow and grandmother, Binta Zubairu.

"A powerful and compelling debut. The taboo subject of an older woman's sexuality, portrayed with courage, skill and delicacy, is explored in the context of the criminal underworld and the corrupt politics that exploits it. This is a novel to be savoured. " Zoë Wicomb, author of October

"Abubakar Adam Ibrahim's Season of Crimson Blossoms is a tender love story set against the backdrop of religious violence and politics in Northern Nigeria, told in the slow, naturalist style reminiscent of Stephen Crane and Zola. Perhaps the best book I have read this year." Helon Habila, author of Oil on Water and The Chibok Girls

Nigerian journalist and writer Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow (2013) and a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2015). He is the author of a collection short stories, The Whispering Trees. Season of Crimson Blossoms is his debut novel.