Reading is a recreational occupation and very beneficial as, among other things, it fosters imagination and strengthens and improves memory. Given the difficult situation we are experiencing, it is sometimes preferable to turn off the TV, silence our smartphones and make the most of the time with a book that we had always wanted to read or relive history already read.
Today we bring you a very special recommendation. It is the novel by Nigerian writer Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater. A novel that explores the multiplicity of the “I” from its innermost understanding, based on the cosmology of Igbo belief and addresses topics such as the crisis of psychosocial identity or the complexity of sexual intercourse. It focuses on a young Nigerian girl, Ada, who develops herself separated from her community as a result of being born “with one foot on the other side”.
Disturbing, heartbreaking, dark and powerful, Freshwater is a sharp evocation of a rare way to experience the world. A novel that illuminates how we all build our identities.
Acclaimed and highly applauded by critics, has featured wonderful reviews in the New York Times, New Yorker or The Guardian and has been nominated and awarded with different awards including the Award, as an author, for Women, for the first work of a non-binary gender person.
With brilliant surreal prose, Emezi manages to get the reader to connect with the character through a poetic depiction on a dizzying journey, lived painfully through life.
Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba (Nigeria), of a Malaysian mother and Nigerian father, Akwaeke Emezi has previously written other novels that we certainly also recommend: “The Death of Vivek” and “PET”.
Emezi is an extraordinary writer, living up to female literary figures such as Ali Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi, Zadie Smith and Andrea Levy, who, like her, should not lose sight of.