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Christopher Abani (or Chris Abani) (born December 27, 1966) is a Nigeria author. Abani's first novel, Masters of the Board, was about a Neo-Nazi takeover of Nigeria. The book earned one reviewer to praise Abani as "Africa's answer to Frederick Forsyth." The Nigerian government, however, believed the book to be a blueprint for an actual coup, and sent the 18-year-old Abani to prison in 1985. After serving six months in jail, he was released, but he went on to perform in a guerilla theatre group. This action led to his arrest and imprisonment at Kiri Kiri, a notorious prison. He was released again, but after writing his play Song of a Broken Flute he was arrested for a third time, sentenced to death, and sent to the Kalakuta Prison, where he was jailed with other political prisoners and inmates on death row. His father is Igbo, while his mother was English born.

He spent some of his prison time in solitary confinement, but was freed in 1991. He lived in exile in London until a friend was murdered there in 1999; he then fled to the United States.

He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the 2001 Prince Claus Awards, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Selections of his poetry appear in the online journal Blackbird.

His most recent book of poetry, Sanctificum (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), is a book-length sequence of linked poems, bringing together religious ritual, the Igbo language of his Nigerian homeland, and reggae rhythms in a postracial, liturgical love song.

Chris was recently hospitalized in Los Angeles for food poisoning, on the same day he was scheduled to speak at the Central Library in that city.

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Total Books: 26
Lard Buurman Africa Junctions Capturing the City
2014 - Lard Buurman Africa Junctions Capturing the City (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783775737913
ISBN-10: 377573791X
Genre: Arts & Photography

The Secret History of Las Vegas
2014 - The Secret History of Las Vegas (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143124955
ISBN-10: 0143124951
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

2010 - Sanctificum (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781556593161
ISBN-10: 1556593163
Genre: Literature & Fiction

There Are No Names for Red
2010 - There Are No Names for Red (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781597094573
ISBN-10: 1597094579
Genres: Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction

Feed Me the Sun Collected Long Poems
2010 - Feed Me the Sun Collected Long Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781845231569
ISBN-10: 1845231562

2008 - Graceland (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781435291683
ISBN-10: 1435291689

The Virgin of Flames
2008 - The VIrgin of Flames (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780099515920
ISBN-10: 009951592X

Abigail Una storia vera
2008 - Abigail Una Storia Vera (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788834713723
ISBN-10: 8834713729

Song for Night
2007 - Song for Night (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781933354316
ISBN-10: 1933354313
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Becoming Abigail
2007 - Becoming Abigail (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781770100640
ISBN-10: 1770100644

The Virgin of Flames
2007 - The VIrgin of Flames (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780143038771
ISBN-10: 014303877X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 1/5 Stars.

Hands Washing Water
2006 - Hands Washing Water (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781556592478
ISBN-10: 1556592477
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Becoming Abigail
2006 - Becoming Abigail (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781888451948
ISBN-10: 1888451947
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

2005 - Graceland [Today Show Pick January 2005] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780312425289
ISBN-10: 0312425287
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

GraceLand  A Novel
2004 - Graceland a Novel (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780374165895
ISBN-10: 0374165890
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Daphne's Lot
2003 - Daphne's Lot (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781888996623
ISBN-10: 1888996625
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Kalakuta Republic  A Book of Poetry
2001 - Kalakuta Republic a Book of Poetry (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780863563225
ISBN-10: 0863563228
Genre: Literature & Fiction