A Stranger’s Pose



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“Dream of a perfect book, a ballad with all the lyrics remembered. The sleeper wakes from dreams.  That book is in your hands.”- Teju ColeThe book’s serene compositions—both written and photographic—transport the reader with a warmth that feels rare for a travel title. In its attention to visual detail and to the ebbs and flows of human connection, A Stranger’s Pose shifts conventions in travel writing about Africa.- The Atlantic"A stunning hybrid of a book"– Vanity Fair"Iduma's book is a marvel."– David Levi Strauss“This book bears treasure on every page."– Tade Ipadeola"A refreshing new voice in travel writing."– Noo Saro-Wiwa"Pick up this book and read every word and see for yourself what rests illumined in that revelatory light."– Maaza Mengiste"Storyteller, traveller, seer, Emmanuel Iduma; journey chronicler, itinerant photographer archiving Africa on her mercurial terms is, at last, here. And look, he has alchemically transmuted a conversation between photography and text into a painting and a song. “Something autonomous had come into being.” Indeed, it has." – Yvonne Owuor

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A Stranger’s Pose is an evocative and mesmerising account of travels across different African cities. With lyrical and absorbing prose, Emmanuel invites the reader to share in his travels, and the encounters he made along the way. Alongside these depictions of new places and people is a compelling, and very personal, meditation on the meaning of home, and the importance of intimacy to a lone traveller. Through these vignettes – an arrest in a market in N’djamena, meeting the famed photographer Malick Sidibe in Bamako, speaking with a migrant in Tangier who says “the sea is the only way,” – Emmanuel showcases the generosity of strangers, the power of language and translation, and much more, accentuated by a curated selection of captivating photographs.

Author: Emmanuel Iduma | Print ISBN: 978-1911115496 | E-Book ISBN: 978-1911115502 | Format: Flapped paperback | No. of Pages: 216 | Pub. Date: 16th October 2018

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    About Emmanuel Iduma

    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.