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The Face

The Face

(2015)
Cartography of the Void
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"A fascinating meditation on identity that explores the novelist's own mixed heritage and mixed feelings... .A true citizen of the world... .With great insight and compassion, Abani reveals that behind his - and every - face are unseen scars." - San Francisco Chronicle

In The Face: Cartography of the Void, acclaimed Nigerian-born author and poet Chris Abani has given us a profound and gorgeously wrought short memoir that navigates the stories written upon his own face. Beginning with his early childhood immersed in the Igbo culture of West Africa, Abani unfurls a lushly poetic, insightful, and funny narrative that investigates the roles that race, culture, and language play in fashioning our sense of self.

As Abani so lovingly puts it, he contemplates "all the people who have touched my face, slapped it, punched it, kissed it, washed it, shaved it. All of that human contact must leave some trace, some of the need and anger that motivated that touch. This face is softened by it all. Made supple by all the wonder it has beheld, all the kindness, all the generosity of life." The Face: Cartography of the Void is a gift to be read, re-read, shared, and treasured, from an author at the height of his artistic powers.

Alternately philosophical, funny, personal, political, and poetic, the short memoirs in The Face series offer unique perspectives from some of our favorite writers. Find out more at www.restlessbooks.com/the-face.

 
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Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: The Face: Cartography of the Void
Author(s): Chris Abani
ISBN: 1-63206-043-4 / 978-1-63206-043-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Restless Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Face: Cartography of the Void
Author(s): Chris Abani
Publisher: Restless Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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