Kwanini? Series
Internally Misplaced

Kwanini? Series

Internally Misplaced

Author: Wambui Mwangi
Editor: Binyavanga Wainaina
Genre: Short Fiction
ISBN: 9966-7008-0-3
No. of pages: 50
Size of book: 135mm x 115mm
Price: Ksh 300 ($10)
Year of Publication: 2009

"Seth can almost hear the thing he fears. He can hear it here growling in the German engine below him. Seth has seen it on CNN at Madam’s house, this thing. A malevolent child, creating strangely heaped multi-car sculptures around lamp-posts and rippling bridges into skirts. He knows what it can do: it is a mad artisanal monster with a taste for blood . . ."

Seth Karanja, Madam’s professional driver is having an extremely bad day. It is December, 2007, tribe has risen against tribe and his niece, Waceera, has fallen pregnant. To do Madam’s bidding, move from place to place and think calmly of a solution to his niece’s pregnancy, Karanja has to watch out for the machetes on the street. Wambui Mwangi presents a day in the life of this character as Kenya burned in December 2007.

Wambui MwangiWambui Mwangi attended Loreto Convent Valley Road and St. Mary’s School, Nairobi before graduating from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. She has post-graduate degrees from McGill University, Montreal, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has taught at Vassar College, New York and the University of Toronto. She has a passion for post-colonial theory and Kenyan political history. Her scholarly work, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and photography have been published in various journals worldwide.

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