The Resource Who fears death, Nnedi Okorafor

Who fears death, Nnedi Okorafor

Label
Who fears death
Title
Who fears death
Statement of responsibility
Nnedi Okorafor
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Language
eng
Summary
In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue. Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny -- to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture -- and eventually death itself
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Award
  • Amelia Bloomer List, 2011
  • Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, 2010.
  • World Fantasy Award, 2011.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Well-known for young adult novels (The Shadow Speaks ; Zahrah the Windseeker ), Okorafor sets this emotionally fraught tale in postapocalyptic Saharan Africa. The young sorceress Onyesonwu—whose name means “Who fears death?”—was born Ewu, bearing a mixture of her mother's features and those of the man who raped her mother and left her for dead in the desert. As Onyesonwu grows into her powers, it becomes clear that her fate is mingled with the fate of her people, the oppressed Okeke, and that to achieve her destiny, she must die. Okorafor examines a host of evils in her chillingly realistic tale—gender and racial inequality share top billing, along with female genital mutilation and complacency in the face of destructive tradition—and winds these disparate concepts together into a fantastical, magical blend of grand storytelling. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 5, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 14, p51)
  • Okorafor's award-winning science fantasy evokes a postapocalyptic Africa and doesn't shy away from heavy themes of trauma, war, identity, and culture. With the recent announcement that the novel will be developed as an HBO series, with George R.R. Martin as producer, why not read the source material before it hits screens? (LJ 6/15/10) --Staff (Reviewed 12/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 20, p73)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
355980
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Okorafor, Nnedi
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3615.K67
LC item number
W48 2010
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
DAW book collectors
Series volume
no. 1512
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Magic
  • Genocide
  • Rape victims
  • Dystopias
  • Single mothers
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Shamans
  • Fate and fatalism
  • Death
  • Africa
  • Africa
  • Magic
  • Genocide
  • Single mothers
  • Shamans
  • Rape victims
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Fate and fatalism
  • Dystopias
  • Death
  • Genocide
  • Magic
  • Africa
Label
Who fears death, Nnedi Okorafor
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Becoming -- Part II. Student -- Part III. Warrior -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn462898816
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
386 pages
Isbn
9780756407285
Lccn
2011389634
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)462898816
Label
Who fears death, Nnedi Okorafor
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I. Becoming -- Part II. Student -- Part III. Warrior -- Epilogue
Control code
ocn462898816
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
386 pages
Isbn
9780756407285
Lccn
2011389634
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)462898816

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