by Edna O’Brien
✅ Editor: Faber & Faber
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The girl demonstrates that, even in his 89th year, Edna O’brien, who remains one of the greatest living prose stylists. The story of a girl kidnapped by terrorists in Nigeria, this masterful novel refines O’brien signature of social concern, sexual and religious oppression of women and speaks acutely to the most important themes of modern society. The new novel of the legendary Irish novelist Edna O’brien Captured, kidnapped and married to Boko Haram, the narrator of this story is the witness, and she suffers the horrors of a community of men who, ruled by a brutal code of violence. Little more than a child, the woman must learn early how to survive as a woman with a child of her own. Just as the world around her seems completely crazy, hell, it offered an escape of sorts – but only in another landscape of trials and terrors in between the unforgiving wild lands of the north-east of Nigeria, through the forest and not alone; a place where her trauma are met with the blinders on to the judgment of a society in a state of denial. How do we love in a world that has lost its moorings? How can we understand the barbarism of our enemies, and learn forgiveness for the atrocities committed in the name of ideology? Edna O’brien, the new novel by piercing the heart of these questions: and the result is his masterpiece.
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