ISBN 9789956764204
Pages 244
Dimensions 203 x 127
Published 2017
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Naked Light and the Blind Eye

by Sanya Osha

At the end of his tether, Solomon Wenku contemplates a life gone awry amid widespread postcolonial squalor. Tani enters his life supposedly as a contrast to his encroaching existential gloom only to speed up the pace of his total collapse. Sanya Osha’s cult novel beams a searchlight on what it feels like to survive personally and collectively in unyielding tropical malaise. This web of a narrative pits the rural versus the urban, tradition against modernity with a gallery of immortal characters and with a yearning that sings lushly of freedom.

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“Sanya Osha is one of those rare minds that effortlessly combine the philosophical, the literary and the artistic.”

Africa Review of Books/ Revue Africaine des Livres

“Sanya Osha is a worthy counter-cultural pathfinder”

“Sanya Osha is one of the boldest and most distinctive voices in African writing today.”

Toyin Falola, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters

“A bold and beautiful writer.”

Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters’ Street

About the Author

Sanya Osha

Sanya Osha is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Naked Light and the Blind Eye. His fictional work, Dust, Spittle and Wind won the Association of Nigerian Authors’ prize for prose in 1992. In 2000, he was a recipient of a Prince Claus Award. He lives in South Africa and is currently a South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) fellow at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI), Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria; and research fellow at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), Pretoria.