Kumukanda

Kumukanda

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Synopsis

*Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize 2018*
*Winner of the Somerset Maugham Award 2018*

'A brilliant debut - a tender, nostalgic and, at times, darkly hilarious exploration of black boyhood, masculinity and grief. A gorgeous and necessary collection from one of my favourite writers' Warsan Shire


Translating as 'initiation', kumukanda is the name given to the rites a young boy from the Luvale tribe must pass through before he is considered a man. The poems of Kayo Chingonyi's remarkable debut explore this passage: between two worlds, ancestral and contemporary; between the living and the dead; between the gulf of who he is and how he is perceived.

Underpinned by a love of music, language and literature, here is a powerful exploration of race, identity and masculinity, celebrating what it means to be British and not British, all at once.

*Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Prize; Seamus Heaney Centre First Poetry Collection Prize; Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry; Roehampton Poetry Prize; Jhalak Prize 2018*

Book information

ISBN: 9781784741396
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Pub date:
DEWEY: 821.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 52
Weight: 84g
Height: 219mm
Width: 141mm
Spine width: 6mm