Elnathan John Born on a Tuesday

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Born on a Tuesday

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From one of Nigeria's finest contemporary literary talents comes Elnathan John's highly awaited debut novel. Told through the irresistible voice of a young boy, Dantala, Born on a Tuesday is a masterful and haunting coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of extremist politics and religion in Northern Nigeria. Dantala is a naive but bright Quranic student, who falls in with a gang of street boys, surviving on a regime of petty crime and violence. After being paid to set fire to the local headquarters of an opposition party, Dantala is forced to run for his life. Still reeling from the trauma of events, he stumbles into a Salafi mosque where he quickly becomes the favoured apprentice of the Sheikh and finds stability and friendship. From his place of refuge, Dantala confronts the hurdles of adolescence, first love and the splintering of family life - as his mother becomes increasingly unstable in the wake of a family tragedy and his brothers join a rival religious sect. But as political and religious tensions mount, he is torn between loyalty to his benefactor, Sheikh Jamal, and adherence to the Sheikh's charismatic advisor, Malam Abdul-Nur.When bloodshed erupts around him, Dantala is tested to his limits. In this raw, authentic and deceptively simple novel, Elnathan John explores boyhood in the wake of extremism and fundamentalism. Born on a Tuesday delves behind the scenes of the media's portrayal of Boko Haram bringing us a powerful and intensely personal picture of life in Northern Nigeria today.

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Elnathan John is a Nigerian novelist and writer. He has twice been shortlisted for the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing (2013 & 2015). His writing has been published in Per Contra, Evergreen Review and Chimurenga's The Chronic. One of Nigeria's most well-known contemporary satirists, he lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

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'With brave, unflinching candor expressed through spare, unadorned prose, Elnathan John considers the rise of Islamic extremism in Nigeria as experienced by one young man. Anyone seeking to peer beyond the media's portrayals of Boko Haram must read this book, not because it offers a hopeful account but because it offers a human one.' - Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go; 'Elnathan John's first novel is an ambitious book that tackles modern Nigeria s extremely complex religious landscape with great insight, passion, and humour by taking us deep into the mental and emotional space of the country's most neglected.' - Uzodinma Iweala, author of Beasts of No Nation; 'Working in the tradition of Achebe, Elnathan John has penned a coming of age novel worthy of Twain. At times tragic, at times humorous, 'Born on a Tuesday' is the story of those who find the courage to transcend violence even when born to its confines.' - Elliot Ackerman, author of Green on Blue; 'I was completely pulled into Dantala's world ... How easy it is for those of us from a stable country to judge young men from other nations who are lured into following leaders simply for the promise of a full belly!' - Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC; 'Elnathan John's debut coming of age novel is a striking and unnervingly assured depiction of a complex and tumultuous world. John's writing is controlled and lucid, full of compassion yet fiercely unerring.' - Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins

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