After his novel, Nairobi Heat was translated into German last year, seems Germany and the other German speaking readers can’t get enough of this guy’s books. Earlier this year Nairobi Heat was named Criminal Fiction of the year by Die Welt.
Mũkoma’s second book, Black Star Nairobi, has also been translated into German and he’s here this week to promote it.
In case you don’t know who Mũkoma is, he’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s son, whose followed in his father’s footsteps quite a lot. But whose literary works are quite different. There are many similarities between these two, for example, both are writers, they’re both known to be activists for different causes and lastly, they are both lecturers in American Universities. However, Mũkoma’s works set him apart from his father’s because he writes in a “non-traditional” African genre, criminal fiction, and his books are more for fun than for education. Might I add that some of his books are quite erotic.
This second book, is a sequel of Nairobi Heat, the two detectives from Nairobi Heat, Ishmael and O., have started an agency named Black Star. The two detectives get their biggest break. They are investigating a death that appears to be linked to the recent bombing of a downtown Nairobi hotel, until local forces start to come down on them to back off the case, and then a startling act of violence tips the scales, setting them off on a round-the-globe pursuit of the shadowy forces behind it all.
The book that is set in December 2007, a time during which Kenyan presidential elections were riddled with threats of ethnic violence and Barack Obama was on the campaign trail in the United States
Interested in meeting Mũkoma as he tours Germany to promote his book? Here are the dates:
|Monday||16.03.2015||Haus der Niederlande
Alter Steinweg 6/7
bücher und medien.
An der schlanken Mathilde 3
Oeder Weg 40
60318 Frankfurt am Main
|Monday||23.03.2015||Kuratorium Haus des Buches
Check out info on his sister, Wanjikũ wa Ngũgi, who will also be in Germany promoting her new book, “Fall of Saints”.