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Akwaeke Emezi’s Favorite Part of Their New Novel Is the Sex Scenes

‘The Death of Vivek Oji’ author on their writing process

Portrait photo of Akwaeke Emezi overlaid on the cover of her book, “The Death of Vivek Oji.”
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“I kept the book for its title, for how it was spelled,” muses Vivek Oji, the protagonist of Akwaeke Emezi’s latest novel, The Death of Vivek Oji. The title that bewitches Vivek is Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, and it secures his…




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Myriam Gurba

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Myriam Gurba is a writer and artist. She is the author of the true-crime memoir Mean, a New York Times editors’ choice.

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