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Now I am Here

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

About to make his last stand, a soldier facing certain death at enemy hands, writes home to his love to explain how he ended up there. The Officer in the story has no name nor is his nation specified. While out walking, he stumbles upon officers enjoying a military barbecue and is persuaded to join them. He enjoys the comradeship of the event, is quickly seduced by the smart, tailored military uniform he is fitted with, by the power bestowed upon it and the respect commanded by it. From there, this gentle man is gradually transformed into a war criminal, committing acts he wouldn’t have thought himself capable.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Chidi
Ebere

Chidi Ebere was born and raised in Oxford and spent part of his childhood in Nigeria before returning to the UK. His short stories have appeared in UK Cosmopolitan, Ambit and West 8. He has also written on architecture and urbanism for Archis, Harvard Design Magazine, the Journal of Architecture and others. He now lives in Amsterdam. Now I Am Here is his first novel.

Chidi Ebere was born and raised in Oxford and spent part of his childhood in Nigeria before returning to the UK. His short stories have appeared in UK Cosmopolitan, Ambit and West 8. He has also written on architecture and urbanism for Archis, Harvard Design Magazine, the Journal of Architecture and others. He now lives in Amsterdam. Now I Am Here is his first novel.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This novel takes the fate of one man in difficult circumstances and allows us to examine what it means to be human. It is thoughtful and thought provoking and written with a clear eye. The simplicity and spareness makes it all the more impactful and adds to it’s power. The author engages the reader in a moral dilemma of how would a person act under duress and taking that into how a society acts. The minute I finished it, I wanted to take a deep breath and start again. It is worthy of wide readership.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
23/03/2023
Country
United Kingdom
Original Language
English
Author
Publisher
Picador Pan Macmillan
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