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In the Shadow of Silence introduces an important new voice in contemporary fiction. With insight and a lyrical wisdom reminiscent of Edwidge Danticat, Nigerian-born Sefi Atta has written a powerful and eloquent story set in her African homeland. It is 1971, a year after the Biafran War, and Nigeria is under military rule, though the politics of the state matter less than those of her home to Enitan Taiwo, an eleven-year-old girl tired of waiting for school to start. Will her mother, who has become deeply religious since the death of Taiwo's brother, allow her friendship with the new girl next door, the brash and beautiful Sheri Bakare? This novel charts the fate of these two African girls, one born of privilege and the other, a lower class "half-caste"; one who is prepared to manipulate the traditional system while the other attempts to defy it. Written in the voice of Enitan, the novel traces this unusual friendship into their adult lives, against the backdrop of tragedy, family strife, and a war-torn Nigeria. In the end, In the Shadow of Silence is Enitan's story; one of a fierecely intelligent, strong young woman coming of age in a culture that still insists on feminine submission. The novel evokes the sights and smells of Africa while imparting a wise and universal story of love, friendship, prejudice, survival, politics, and the cost of divided loyalties.

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Atta's novel charts the fate of two African girls, one born of privilege and the other a lower class "half-caste. One is prepared to manipulate the traditional system while the other attempts to defy it. The tale traces their unusual friendship into their adult lives, against the backdrop of tragedy, family strife, and a war-torn Nigeria. Winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature. A literary masterpiece. --"(World Literature Today)."

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suffocate, June 19, 2009 (view all comments by suffocate)
Sefi atta in her novel tackles sensitive issues in the history of Nigeria , that have shaped and are still shaping Nigeria till date. The gradual consciousness that was achieved through the use of the bildungsroman technique employed by the writer is also worthy of praise. I could almost feel , and see with the use of her highly descriptive language and use of imagery and other literary devices. Weldone Sefi , you have done a great job.
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maryayim, November 27, 2006 (view all comments by maryayim)
I read the book for a course on gender issues in my final year in the university. it really opened my eyes to certain gender issues i took for granted and others i was ignorant of. The character of Enitan is someone i can identify with in certain aspects of my life. For me, the book is an eye opener. kudos to Sefi Atta
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ISBN:
9781566565707
Author:
Atta, Sefi
Publisher:
Interlink Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
336
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8.26x5.70x1.08 in. 1.02 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Atta's novel charts the fate of two African girls, one born of privilege and the other a lower class "half-caste. One is prepared to manipulate the traditional system while the other attempts to defy it. The tale traces their unusual friendship into their adult lives, against the backdrop of tragedy, family strife, and a war-torn Nigeria. Winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature. A literary masterpiece. --"(World Literature Today)."

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