ISBN 9789789597208
Pages 206
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Published 2017
Publisher Malthouse Press, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Bitter Leafing Woman

by Karen King-Aribisala

Set in Nigeria, Bitter Leafing Woman relates the experiences of Woman as she chews the bitter leaves of patriarchal oppression in a bid to transform them into gender balanced sweetness. Here Woman becomes a symbol of the oppressed; of women and men alike. The style of writing ranges from plain prose as in The Edi Kai Ikong War, magical realism as in World of the Fat/Thin House, the social satire of The Bone Eater,  the densely poetic and symbolic Broken Plate and the biblical imbued style of Bitter Leafing Woman who finding herself drowning in the soup of gender oppression for forty years attempts to murder her Deacon fiancé.

In this collection we become involved with serious issues of conflicts, which nevertheless we try to treat with sardonic humour and insight.

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About the Author

Karen King-Aribisala

Karen King-Aribisala, is a Professor of English at the Department of English, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. Her first published work, Our Wife and other Stories, published by Malthouse, won the Best First Book prize in the Commonwealth Prize for Literature (African Region)(1990/91); the second work, Kicking Tongues, was published by Heinemann, African Writers Series; and her novel The Hangman's Game won the Best Book Prize (African Region) in the Commonwealth Prize for Literature; which was re-published by Penguin South Africa, short listed for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Award and for the Guyana Prize for Literature. Some of her stories and poems have also been published in such journals as Wasafiri, Research in African Literature, Presence Africaine and The Griot


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