Dark yet disarming, Love is Power, Or Something Like That is a phenomenal short story collection.
Where sex is a currency, or a weapon.
Where power ends in corruption, or violence.
Where the worst thing to happen is for the best, sometimes.
Where love is power, or something like that.
In these nine blistering stories cavort jealous husbands, kissing cousins, teenage internet hustlers, democratic bus rides, home exorcisms and bowls of dubious catfish peppersoup: this is a searing, savage portrait of an utterly modern Nigeria.
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.
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.
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
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