Saturday, November 17, 2012

NEW PUBLICATION: Sin is a Puppy that Follows You Home by Balaraba Ramat Yakubu*

From Blaft Publications:

Beginning in the late 1980s, northern Nigeria saw a boom in popular fiction written in the Hausa language. Known as littattafa soyyaya ("love literature"), the books are often inspired by Hindi films - which have been hugely popular among Hausa speakers for decades - and are primarily written by women. They have sparked a craze among young adult readers as well as a backlash from government censors and book-burning conservatives.

Balaraba Ramat Yakubu has been one of the best-known authors in the genre since she published her first novel in 1987. She has also written, directed, and produced films for Kannywood, the Hausa-language film industry based in Kano, Nigeria. 

Sin is a Puppy that Follows You Home is an Islamic soap opera complete with polygamous households, virtuous women, scheming harlots, and black magic. It's the first full-length novel ever translated from Hausa to English. And it's quite unlike anything you've ever read before.

Blaft Publications is a small publishing house based in Chennai, India. Our list includes bestselling Indian and Pakistani crime novels, Nigerian soyayya fiction, experimental writing, pulp art, weird folktales, graphic novels, non-fictional manga, and picture book about girls who are in love with monsters.
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* I haven't read this novel.

3 comments:

  1. Though a nigerian,I am total stranger to the literatures of the north.But it would come as no surprise that indeed the book is filled the the literay ingredients necessary for a good read,looking to a chance to read her works..

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  2. oh my. that sounds like quite a book! i did not know that there were islamic soap operas!

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