I Am Still with You: A Reckoning with Silence, Inheritance, and History


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Algonquin Books
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6.4 X 8.4 X 1.6 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Emmanuel Iduma, born in 1989, is a writer who trained as a lawyer in Nigeria. He is the author of the travelogue A Stranger's Pose (Cassava Republic Press, 2018), which was longlisted for 2019 Ondaatje Prize. He has written for Granta, n+1, the New York Review of Books, BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Aperture, Guernica, and others, and received many grants and awards, including the Windham-Campbell Prize. Iduma has an MFA in Art Writing from the School of Visual Arts, New York City and taught there for several years before moving to Lagos, Nigeria.


"Like Manthia Diawara's In Search of Africa, Emmanuel Iduma's story of a nation's making--and unmaking--is rooted in a personal search for a lost individual. I Am Still With You is a moving account of a return, and a profound, elegiac plea for recognition of both the living and the dead. A compelling, sharply-observed story of discovery, beautifully paced and haunting in its details." ----Amitava Kumar, author of A Time Outside This Time and Immigrant, Montana
"To the daughter of a Nigerian man, long gone, this book shines a light through the silent fog that shrouded our past. It is a gift of understanding, for me and countless others."----Rachel Edwards, author of Darling
"Traveling through Nigeria, Emmanuel Iduma confronts and contemplates the wounds left by the Biafran war: death on a mass scale; deaths in his family; griefs, angers and questions that still plague the living. I Am Still With You is both epic and intimate. It gives us the beauties and consolations of an ethnical imagination."----Margo Jefferson, author of Constructing a Nervous System
"I Am Still With You by Emmanuel Iduma is a lyrical investigation into the nature of being, history, the collective memory of Biafra--a dark chapter in world history. Iduma writes with such startling clarity that the book ultimately becomes both powerful and transcendent."----Chigozie Obioma, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Fishermen and An Orchestra of Minorities
"A genre-defying work, I Am Still with You is a quest, both spiritual and real, a travelogue, a memoir, and a history of Biafra. It is a requiem to war's unburied and unsung. It is a record of a writer's mind grappling with the consequences of a national and personal loss. Acutely observed, hauntingly rendered, and deeply affecting--a masterful achievement."----Aminatta Forna, author of Happiness and The Window Seat
"A poignant story rescued from...silences and lacunae. A powerful contribution to modern Nigerian history, particularly significant in an age of ethnic conflict around the world."--Kirkus Reviews, *starred review*
"An immersive memoir... throughout, Iduma reflects on the power of family to both unite and divide...Iduma's unravelling of the past is bound to leave readers eager to uncover their own family secrets."--Publishers Weekly
"[A] haunting new memoir... Those interested in personal stories about Nigeria will likely enjoy this book."--Library Journal
"A precious and lucid account on an event which is still insufficiently covered in the African media."--The African Book Review
"Searching war-scarred Biafra for traces of his uncle, a writer grapples with gaps in his family's history and his own bifurcated identity... [Iduma's] contemplative, poetic search brings him closer to his wife Ayobami and reminds him that his life remains inseparable from the history of his homeland."--Booklist
"His contemplative, poetic search brings him closer to his wife Ayobami and reminds him that his life remains inseparable from the history of his homeland."--Kirkus Reviews