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  • One of the finest writers around… Known for the raw energy of his prose and characters that feel alive on the page, I encourage you to put this on your list of must-reads for 2013

  • Barrett's artful, unsparing and unsentimental stories confirm the arrival of a major talent.

    Teju Cole, author of Open City
  • It left me in tears. He is the most exciting writer producing right now. He has an incredible range, a unique voice, and has the power to move.

    Binyavanga Wainaina
  • A. Igoni Barrett is a writer who has succeeded in making colloquial literature without seeking spurious attention by vulgar daring. Here is a reader’s entry to hearing on the page how contemporary communication, not only in his Nigeria, can be inventive. Love Is Power, or Something Like That is, to paraphrase its title: something alive, like that

    Nadine Gordimer, winner of the Booker and Nobel Prize for Literature
  • A. Igoni Barrett does for Lagos what Chekhov did for Saint Petersburg and what Joyce did for Dublin, namely, to give a real face to a place that is too often maligned or mythologized

    Jeffery Renard Allen, author of Rails Under My Back and Holding Pattern

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