Igbo and Tamil writer and artist Akwaeke Emezi‘s mesmerising first novel Freshwater was published to universal acclaim in 2018 and was longlisted for both the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Wellcome Book Prize. Next came Pet, a novel for young adults described as ‘beautiful and genre-expanding’ by the New York Times. They return with The Death of Vivek Oji, a heart-wrenching story of a Nigerian childhood and a fractured family that is already garnering huge acclaim. Academic and Literary Friction co-host Octavia Bright speaks to Akwaeke about their celebrated work and writing life.
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