Cleverly interweaving two storylines - a bloody slave revolt in 1823 and a military coup in the late 1990s - The Hangman's game follows a pregnant writer's experiences in Nigeria during the murderous era of a 'military democracy', under a tyrant known only as Butcher Boy. The subplot, the woman's novel, is set in her native Guyana, with historical characters who reflect their counterparts in the real world - the woman, her minister husband and their daughter's strikingly beautiful nursemaid. Insecurities about her marriage begin to spiral out of control and paranoia sets in as the protagonist becomes unable to distinguish between real-life threats and the constructions of her imagination. The hangman's noose from the simple spelling guessing game and the children's nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice are used to sinister effect in this studiously plotted and subtly told story.
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Karen King-Aribisala was born in Guyana. She has travelled widely, having been educated in Guyana, Barbados, Italy, Nigeria and England. She is now living and working in Nigeria where she is an Associate Professor of English in the department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is a writer of non-fiction and fiction and regarding the latter she has published several short stories and poems in various journals such as Wasafiri, Presence Africaine, The Griot and Bim. Her first collection of short stories, Our Wife and Other Stories, won the Best First Book Prize in the Commonwealth Prize (African Region) 1990/91. Her second work, Kicking Tongues, is a blending of poetry and prose, in which she transposes Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to modern-day Nigeria. She is the recipient of a number of awards such as two James Mitchner Fellowships for creative writing at the University of Miami, a Ford Foundation Grant and British Council grants.
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Book Description The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0143026089