The Jive Talker: An Artist's Genesis


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Free Press
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5.7 X 1.0 X 8.5 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Samson Kambalu was born in Malawi in 1975. He holds degrees in fine art and ethnomusicology and is the recipient of several awards for his work Holy Ball Exercises and Exorcisms. He lives and works in London, England.


"Samson Kambalu's The Jive Talker is one of the funniest books I've read in years -- the book of a born writer and a born comic, as distinct from a 'humorist' (save me) -- and it has its own peculiar wisdom, namely that nothing's what we're told it is, probably nothing is what we say it is either, and most importantly, nothing's sacred, least of all us. For every reader who's been bedazzled and disappointed by the 'pity-me' school of autobiographical writing, and every reader who's been jived to death, this book should be a life preserver of sanity in an upside-down world, a reorientation in how to avoid claptrap, self-pity and boorishness, and have a high, smart time doing it." -- Gary Indiana, author of Do Everything in the Dark and The Schwarzenegger Syndrome
"Samson Kambalu has a beguiling voice, and The Jive Talker delivers the charming and rare story of Kambalu's coming of age as an artist in Malawi." -- Daniel Bergner, author of In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa