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Longlisted for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Debut African FictionWinner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize-Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn't know you were waiting for.---Aaron Bady, The New InquiryFirst published in Kenya in 2014 to critical and popular acclaim, Kintu is a modern classic, a multilayered narrative that reimagines the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. Divided into six sections, the novel begins in 1750, when Kintu Kidda sets out for the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Buganda Kingdom. Along the way, he unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations. In an ambitious tale of a clan and a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu's descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.
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About the Author

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University, where she now teaches. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. Her story "Let's Tell This Story Properly" won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of short stories, Travel Is to See, Return Is to Tell. Jennifer lives in Manchester, UK with her husband, Damian, and her son, Jordan. Aaron Bady is a writer in Oakland and an editor at The New Inquiry.

Reviews

"Magisterial."--The New York Review of Books "With a novel that is inventive in scope, masterful in execution, she does for Ugandan literature what Chinua Achebe did for Nigerian writing."--Lesley Nneka Arimah, Guardian "Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn't know you were waiting for."--Aaron Bady, The New Inquiry "A masterpiece of cultural memory, Kintu is elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Makumbi takes a sniper's aim at the themes of virility and power across time. Over the course of six rich sections, she fires not a single gratuitous shot."--Public Books "Postcolonial literature is often thought of as a conversation between a native culture and a Western power that sought to dominate it . . . Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's marvelous Ugandan epic, Kintu, explodes such chauvinism."--Guernica "Reminiscent of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, this work will appeal to lovers of African literature."--Library Journal (Starred Review) "Passionate, original, and sharply observed, the novel decenters colonialism and makes Ugandan experience primary."--Book Riot "With crisp details and precise prose, Makumbi draws us into the dynamic and vast world of Uganda--its rich history, its people's intricate beliefs, and the collective weight of their steadfast customs."--World Literature Today "Some authors set the bar high with their debut work. Then there are authors like Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi whose first novel succeeds on such a stratospheric level it's nearly impossible to imagine--or wait for--what she'll write next."--Iowa Gazette"Jennifer Makumbi's Kintu is a charming fable, a wide-ranging historical fiction, and a critical historiography . . . fresh, intelligent, critical, and ambitious."--Bookwitty "Makumbi's characters are compelling as individuals, but it is their shared past and journey toward a shared future that elevate the novel to an epic and enigmatic masterpiece."--The Riveter "This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph."--Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze "A work of bold imagination and clear talent."--Ellah Allfrey, editor of Africa39 "An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth."--Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes "Kintu is not just the story of a family, but a story of Uganda, a country whose history begins before colonization and encompasses far more than just that chapter."--Mary Pappalardo, New Delta Review "Our histories and our names have stories that we cannot afford to keep quiet about."--Nyana Kakoma, Africa In Words "Makumbi is clearly a creative genius."--Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke, Wawa Book Review "Magisterial."--The New York Review of Books"With a novel that is inventive in scope, masterful in execution, she does for Ugandan literature what Chinua Achebe did for Nigerian writing."--Lesley Nneka Arimah, the Guardian"Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn't know you were waiting for."--Aaron Bady, The New Inquiry"A masterpiece of cultural memory, Kintu is elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"Makumbi takes a sniper's aim at the themes of virility and power across time. Over the course of six rich sections, she fires not a single gratuitous shot."--Public Books"Postcolonial literature is often thought of as a conversation between a native culture and a Western power that sought to dominate it . . . Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's marvelous Ugandan epic, Kintu, explodes such chauvinism."--Guernica"Reminiscent of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, this work will appeal to lovers of African literature."--Library Journal (Starred Review)"Passionate, original, and sharply observed, the novel decenters colonialism and makes Ugandan experience primary."--Book Riot"With crisp details and precise prose, Makumbi draws us into the dynamic and vast world of Uganda--its rich history, its people's intricate beliefs, and the collective weight of their steadfast customs."--World Literature Today"Some authors set the bar high with their debut work. Then there are authors like Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi whose first novel succeeds on such a stratospheric level it's nearly impossible to imagine--or wait for--what she'll write next."--Iowa Gazette"Jennifer Makumbi's Kintu is a charming fable, a wide-ranging historical fiction, and a critical historiography . . . fresh, intelligent, critical, and ambitious."--Bookwitty"Makumbi's characters are compelling as individuals, but it is their shared past and journey toward a shared future that elevate the novel to an epic and enigmatic masterpiece."--The Riveter "This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph."--Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze"A work of bold imagination and clear talent."--Ellah Allfrey, editor of Africa39"An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth."--Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes"Kintu is not just the story of a family, but a story of Uganda, a country whose history begins before colonization and encompasses far more than just that chapter."--Mary Pappalardo, New Delta Review"Our histories and our names have stories that we cannot afford to keep quiet about."--Nyana Kakoma, Africa In Words"Makumbi is clearly a creative genius."--Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke, Wawa Book Review "Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn't know you were waiting for."--Aaron Bady, The New Inquiry "A masterpiece of cultural memory, Kintu is elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Makumbi takes a sniper's aim at the themes of virility and power across time. Over the course of six rich sections, she fires not a single gratuitous shot."--Public Books "Postcolonial literature is often thought of as a conversation between a native culture and a Western power that sought to dominate it . . . Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's marvelous Ugandan epic, Kintu, explodes such chauvinism."--Guernica "Reminiscent of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, this work will appeal to lovers of African literature."--Library Journal (Starred Review) "Passionate, original, and sharply observed, the novel decenters colonialism and makes Ugandan experience primary."--Book Riot "With crisp details and precise prose, Makumbi draws us into the dynamic and vast world of Uganda--its rich history, its people's intricate beliefs, and the collective weight of their steadfast customs."--World Literature Today Some authors set the bar high with their debut work. Then there are authors like Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi whose first novel succeeds on such a stratospheric level it's nearly impossible to imagine--or wait for--what she'll write next."--Iowa Gazette "Jennifer Makumbi's Kintu is a charming fable, a wide-ranging historical fiction, and a critical historiography . . . fresh, intelligent, critical, and ambitious."--Bookwitty "Makumbi's characters are compelling as individuals, but it is their shared past and journey toward a shared future that elevate the novel to an epic and enigmatic masterpiece."--The Riveter "This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph."--Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze "A work of bold imagination and clear talent."--Ellah Allfrey, editor of Africa39 "An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth."--Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes "Kintu is not just the story of a family, but a story of Uganda, a country whose history begins before colonization and encompasses far more than just that chapter."--Mary Pappalardo, New Delta Review "Our histories and our names have stories that we cannot afford to keep quiet about."--Nyana Kakoma, Africa In Words "Makumbi is clearly a creative genius."--Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke, Wawa Book Review "A masterpiece of cultural memory, Kintu is elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity."Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Reminiscent of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, this work will appeal to lovers of African literature."--Library Journal (Starred Review) "Passionate, original, and sharply observed, the novel decenters colonialism and makes Ugandan experience primary."--Book Riot "This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph."--Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze "A work of bold imagination and clear talent."--Ellah Allfrey, editor of Africa39 "An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth."--Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes "Kintu is not just the story of a family, but a story of Uganda, a country whose history begins before colonization and encompasses far more than just that chapter."--Mary Pappalardo, New Delta Review "Our histories and our names have stories that we cannot afford to keep quiet about."--Nyana Kakoma, Africa In Words "Makumbi is clearly a creative genius."--Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke, Wawa Book Review -A masterpiece of cultural memory, Kintu, is elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity.---Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Reminiscent of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, this work will appeal to lovers of African literature.---Library Journal (Starred Review) div>-Passionate, original, and sharply observed, the novel decenters colonialism and makes Ugandan experience primary.---Book Riot -This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph.---Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze -A work of bold imagination and clear talent.---Ellah Allfrey, editor of Africa39 -An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth.---Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes -Kintu is not just the story of a family, but a story of Uganda, a country whose history begins before colonialization and encompasses far more than just that chapter.---Mary Pappalardo, New Delta Review -Our histories and our names have stories that we cannot afford to keep quiet about.---Nyana Kakoma, Africa In Words -Makumbi is clearly a creative genius.---Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke, Wawa Book Review -This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph.---Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze -A work of bold imagination and clear talent.---Ellah Allfrey, editor of Africa39 -An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth.---Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes -Kintu is not just the story of a family, but a story of Uganda, a country whose history begins before colonialization and encompasses far more than just that chapter.---Mary Pappalardo, New Delta Review -Our histories and our names have stories that we cannot afford to keep quiet about.---Nyana Kakoma, Africa In Words -Makumbi is clearly a creative genius.---Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke, Wawa Book Review "This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph."--Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze "A work of bold imagination and clear talent."--Ellah Allfrey, editor of Africa39 "An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth."--Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes "Kintu is not just the story of a family, but a story of Uganda, a country whose history begins before colonialization and encompasses far more than just that chapter."--Mary Pappalardo, New Delta Review "Our histories and our names have stories that we cannot afford to keep quiet about."--Nyana Kakoma, Africa In Words "Makumbi is clearly a creative genius."--Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke, Wawa Book Review "A work of bold imagination and clear talent."Ellah Allfrey "An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth."Jamal Mahjoub "Kintu is not just the story of a family, but a story of Uganda, a country whose history begins before colonialization and encompasses far more than just that chapter."Mary Pappalardo, New Delta Review "Our histories and our names have stories that we cannot afford to keep quiet about."Nyana Kakoma, Africa In Words "Makumbi is clearly a creative genius."Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke, Wawa Book Review "

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