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Beasts of No Nation

Uzodinma Iweala

6 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Official Netflix Original Film tie-in about the experiences of Agu, a child-soldier fighting in an Africian civil war.

Official tie-in to the Netflix Original Film featuring Idris Elba (Thor, Prometheus and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre).

Agu is just a boy when war arrives at his village. His mother and sister are rescued by the UN, while he and his father remain to fight the rebels. 'Run!' shouts his father when the rebels arrive. And Agu does run. Straight into the rebels' path. In a vivid, sparkling voice, Agu tells the story of what happens to him next; his life as a child-soldier. His story is shocking and painful, and completely unforgettable.

Beasts of No Nation gives us an extraordinary portrait of the chaos and violence of war.

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Praise for Beasts of No Nation

  • A work of visceral urgency and power: it heralds the arrival of a major talent - Amitav Ghosh

  • So scorched by loss and anger that it's hard to hold and so gripping in its sheer hopeless lifeforce that it's hard to put down - Guardian

  • Extraordinary . . . you don't come across writing like this very often - Bookseller

  • A simple and brutal account of war . . . Beasts of No Nation is a raw, compelling first novel - Literary Review

  • Iweala makes a compelling story from experience which in its nature defies articulation . . . Uzodinma Iweala's is a confident and promising new voice - Times Literary Supplement

  • The power of his material and its hideous relevance rolls all before it . . . This book about children that is in no sense a children's book deserves to be read - Independent

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Uzodinma Iweala

Uzodinma Iweala received the 2006 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize for Beasts of No Nation. In 2007, he was selected as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. A graduate of Harvard University and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he lives in New York City and Lagos, Nigeria.

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