Friday, July 3, 2009

The Independent praises Chika Unigwe

In The Independent (Friday, 3 July 2009) Bernadine Evaristo praises on On Black Sisters' Street (Jonathan Cape), the English version of Chika Unigwe's second novel Fata Morgana:
"Not many novelists would wander around the seedy red-light district of Antwerp in a mini-skirt and thigh-high boots to carry out research. But this is what Nigerian writer Chika Unigwe did for her novel about the lives of African sex workers in the Belgian city. She also spent time persuading these women to share their stories."

"Her diligence has paid off. On Black Sisters' Street is a probing and unsettling exploration of the many factors that lead African women into prostitution in Europe, and it pulls no punches about the sordid nature of the job. [...]"

"This is an important and accomplished novel that leaves a strong aftertaste. Unigwe gives voice to those who are voiceless, fleshes out the stories of those who offer themselves as meat for sale, and bestows dignity on those who are stripped off it."

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