by Peter Kimani
Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies,
launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each book comprises all-new stories,
each one set in a distinct neighbourhood or location within the respective city.
Brand-new stories by: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Stanley Gazemba, Ngumi Kibera,
Peter Kimani, Winfred Kiunga, Kinyanjui Kombani, Caroline Mose, Kevin Mwachiro,
Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ, Faith Oneya, Makena Onjerika, Troy Onyango, J.E. Sibi-Okumu, and Rasna Warah.
From the introduction by Peter Kimani:
Nairobi Noir is an act of excavation, rediscovering the city’s ossified past and infusing
life to preserve it for future generations. It is also an act of celebration,
reminding readers of the brilliance of the best-known writers to emerge from this part of the world,
and heralding the birth of new writers whose gifts, we can safely predict, will shine brightly in the years ahead.
The oldest writer in this anthology is eighty-one, the youngest is only twenty-four;
if there is any inference one can draw from this demographic it is that this anthology offers an entire spectrum of Kenyan writing: the past, present, and future. If we can allow one extravagant claim,
a collection of this nature is unprecedented in Kenya’s literary history.
Although the range of issues explored in Nairobi Noir is as diverse as its contributors,
it all gestures toward a common theme. In this concrete jungle, the hunters and herders live on. As do the hunted . . .
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Roma reviewed on 18 Apr 2021
This Book was so damn good. It demonstrates the life in different estates in Kenya it's humourous as well.