ISBN 9789966983626
Pages 316
Dimensions 236 x 155 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations, Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs
Published 2003
Publisher Kwani Trust, Kenya
Format Paperback

Kwani? 02

edited by Binyavanga Wainaina

From the critical and commercial success of Kwani? 01 came the next edition, kwani? 02, in 2004. This edition features contemporary literary Kenyan concerns themed on the question of identity. Building on the first issue, kwani? 02 offers all that kwani? 01 did and mirrors the post-millennial angst of young Kenyan writers, poets, cartoonists and photographers. Once again, kwani? featured in the Caine Prize for African Writing 2004 when Parselelo Kantai’s Comrade Lemma and the Black Jerusalem Boys Bandwas runner up. Uwem Akpan’s An Xmas Feast has since been re-worked and published in the New Yorker magazine – the first time an African writer has been featured in that prestigious magazine.

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About the Editor

Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina won the Caine Prize in 2002 for his short story “Discovering Home” and famously used his prize money to set up the literary journal Kwani? in Kenya now in its fifth issue.  He writes a weekly column for the Mail and Guardian in South Africa and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Granta and National Geographic.  He is the newly appointed Director of the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Literature and Languages at Bard College, New York and is completing his first novel.

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