Love is Power or Something Like That

Love is Power or Something Like That


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

About the author

A. Igoni Barrett

A. Igoni Barrett was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1979 and lives in Lagos. He is a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Center Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. His short story collection, Love is Power, or Something Like That, was published in 2013. In 2014 he was named on the Africa39 list of sub-Saharan African writers under 40. Blackass is his first novel.
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