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John Freeman Reviews We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

We Need New NamesVerdict: carrot

In We Need New Names, her ferocious debut novel, NoViolet Bulawayo creates a human scale narrative of the vast African diaspora. This is an anguished, angry, hilarious novel that uses language like a weapon.

Many of the words in the book are barbed with the irony of their own degradation, and in her vigorous, musical sentences, Bulawayo swings them at the sacred pieties of how a proper state of the nation novel should look and sound.

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