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Author Nwokolo, Chuma, author

Title The extinction of Menai : a novel / Chuma Nwokolo
Published Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (372 pages)
Series Modern African writing series
Contents Intro; Prologue; Extracts from the 1990 Interim Psychiatric Evaluation of the Menai People; Log One; Log Two; Epilogue
Summary "In a novel of stunning scope, Chuma Nwokolo moves across time and place to deliver a story that speaks to urgent contemporary concerns. His characters' indelible voices offer perspectives that are simultaneously global, political, and intimately human. The place at The Extinction of Menai's heart is the Niger delta village of Kreektown, even as the action spans continents. The cause of the trouble is an unethical drug trial administered to Kreektown residents--the fictional Menai people--in the early 1980s. And the unfolding tragedy is the looming end, decades later, of the Menai and their culture. Characters include continents-apart twin brothers separated at birth, an excommunicated Menai daughter living an urbane life with her doctor husband, and an infamous vigilante. And there is spiritual leader Mata Nimito, who retraces their ancient migration on his quest to preserve the soul of his people and resolve the consequences of a centuries-old betrayal. This epic for the modern era encompasses bioethics, language extinction, and Nigerian history and diaspora. Nwokolo confronts power relations between large corporations and small communities, corporate lobbies and governments, and big pharma and consumers, all expressed through the competing narratives that record the life and death of a civilization"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Print version record
Subject FICTION -- General.
Nigeria -- Fiction
Genre/Form Nigerian fiction (English)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0821446207