Author(s): Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017Longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Debut African FictionWinner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize"A soaring and sublime epic. One of those great stories that was just waiting to be told."--Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven KillingsFirst published in Kenya in 2014 to critical and popular acclaim, Kintu is a modern classic, a multilayered narrative that reimagines the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. Divided into six sections, the novel begins in 1750, when Kintu Kidda sets out for the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Buganda Kingdom. Along the way, he unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations. In an ambitious tale of a clan and a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu's descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.
'A soaring and sublime epic. One of those great stories that was just waiting to be told.' * Marlon James, Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings * `The most important book to come out of Uganda for half a century.' * Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland * `I recommend Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's Kintu, a sprawling, striking epic...It reminded me of some of my favorite long novels from the past few years, including Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings, Eka Kurniawan's Beauty Is a Wound, and Annie Proulx's Barkskins.' * Gabe Habash, author of Stephen Florida * 'History in the form of an unrelenting curse pervades the present in this epic novel that questions if we can ever fully recover from the wounds of the past.' * Bookbag * `An epic and enigmatic masterpiece.' * The Riveter * `Kintu is by far my favorite book of the year (perhaps of the past several)...absolutely unforgettable.' * BookBrowse * 'Kintu got me through many a quiet evening... It's an epic read, best taken at a steady pace, which begins in 1750 and culminates in the present day, simultaneously exploring the role of family bonds, ancestral legacies, and the state of modern Uganda. It deserves hefty British sales when it comes out here in January.' * Michela Wrong, journalist and author * `In this captivating multigenerational family saga, Makumbi has gifted us with an exquisite and powerful debut. Written in delightful prose, bold and ambitious, Kintu is easily one of the best novels I have read this year.' * Chika Unigwe, author of On Black Sisters' Street * `A bold, sweeping epic, ambitious and very well crafted. The kind of book you hope everyone will read.' * Tendai Huchu, author of The Hairdresser of Harare * 'Magisterial.' * New York Review of Books * 'Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel you didn't know you were waiting for.' * The New Inquiry * 'A masterpiece of cultural memory, Kintu is elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity.' * Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) * 'A work of bold imagination and clear talent.' * Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, editor of Africa39 * 'Makumbi is clearly a creative genius.' * Tope Salaudeen-Adegoke, Wawa Book Review * 'Passionate, original, and sharply observed, the novel decenters colonialism and makes Ugandan experience primary.' * Book Riot * 'This is an extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph.' * Maaza Mengiste, author of Beneath the Lion's Gaze * 'Impressive... Reminiscent of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, this work will appeal to lovers of African literature.' * Library Journal (Starred Review) * 'An ambitious modern epic that takes in family saga and the history of Uganda, fusing the urgency of the present with the timelessness of myth.' * Jamal Mahjoub, author of The Drift Latitudes * 'Kintu is not just the story of a family, but a story of Uganda, a country whose history begins before colonization and encompasses far more than just that chapter.' * Mary Pappalardo, New Delta Review * 'Our histories and our names have stories that we cannot afford to keep quiet about.' * Nyana Kakoma, Africa In Words *
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani? Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. Her story `Let's Tell This Story Properly' won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Makumbi lives in Manchester with her husband, Damian, and her son, Jordan.