Cassava Republic Press has acquired A Stranger’s Pose, a narrative non-fiction by writer Emmanuel Iduma, about his travels across a number of African cities. A Stranger’s Pose will be published in Autumn 2018, with a Foreword by writer and New York Times Magazine photography critic, Teju Cole.A unique blend of travelogue, musings and poetry, A Stranger’s Pose draws the reader into a world of encounters haunted by the absence of home, estrangement from a lover and family tragedies. The author’s recollections and reflections of fragments of his journey offer a compelling and very personal meditation on the meaning of home and the generosity of strangers to a lone traveller. Alongside accounts of the author’s own travels are other narratives about movement, intimacy, the power of language and translation. Accompanying the text are 41 stunning photographs from acclaimed photographers that draw the reader into different worlds and the lives that fill them.
Of the acquisition, Cassava Republic Press Publishing Director, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, said:
“When we talk about travel writing, very few African writers name come to mind. I am therefore very excited to have acquired Emmanuel Iduma’s utterly elegant and beguiling narrative non-fiction about his encounters and experience of travelling across several African cities. I cannot wait to share this gorgeous book with the world.”
Emmanuel Iduma is editor of Saraba Magazine, and a faculty member of the MFA Art Writing program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is the author of The Sound of Things to Come (The Mantle, 2016) and co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing (The Mantle, 2014). His essays on art and photography have been published widely. Emmanuel co-curated the Nigerian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Emmanuel Iduma said:
“Cassava Republic has an inimitable track record of publishing some of the most audacious work by African writers. I consider myself fortunate to entrust A Stranger’s Pose to the press. My travels taught me the generosity of the human spirit, and this is what, ultimately, I hope the book will proffer to a large cast of readers.”