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A fistful of tales by Ayodele Arigbabu
SHORT FICTION A collection of 10 short stories and vignettes that dabble into the futuristic, action comics and science fiction. What makes the collection exceptional is that all the stories fit into the Nigerian context, while also achieving universality and delivering overt and covert social commentary that transcend Lagos, and parts of West Africa to berth in Mars. A Fistful of tales is a product of the author's participation in ?Crossing Borders,' an online creative writing workshop. Some of the stories in the collection were written as far back as 2004. The use of illustrations and the author's love for the visual adds to the vivacity of his stories and opens a door into his imagination. Affection for superheroes and action figures is hugely apparent in the collection. (culled from Ayodele Arigbabu studied Architecture at the University of Lagos, where he was the Librarian and then President of the Pen Circle, an association of young writers. He writes regularly on design and the environment for The Guardian Life, writes occasionally for other magazines, and writes scripts for theatre, film, television and comic books. His collection of short stories - Blues Tones, published by Evolution Media (now Revolution Media), Lagos in 2004, in The Three Kobo Book, was nominated for the Association of Nigerian Authors [ANA] Lantern Books 2005 Prize for Short Stories and his short story from that collection titled- You live to die once, won the Liberty Bank Short Story Prize in 2001. He works as an architect and writer in Lagos. ?The author seems to have a fascination with Orwell's idea that Big Brother is watching. Spies and extra-terrestrial beings criss-cross the veneer of these stories, evoking either a sense of disbelief or awe at what mankind is actually capable of? Arigbabu's stories make for good reading and sometimes echo the excessively eccentric novels of late British sci-fi comedy author, Douglas Adams? Arigbabu's style is fast and furious; packed with lots of muscle and lots of blood. The protagonists are angry, desperate or annoyingly arrogant and they swear consistently. Heavy sexual allusions pop up resiliently throughout this collection.? - Aderinsola Ajao / ?Ayo?s muscular, playful language is assured, versatile, and stuffed to the gills with energy and joie-de-vivre....his subjects and voices range over a wide field ? but never lose their grip, or their power to entertain. A Fistful of Tales is a small collection but it packs a mighty punch. Ayodele Arigbabu is a writer to watch.? - Liz Jensen (author, The Paper Eater) ?We were pleased to receive a large number of books which, though tailored to include readers of popular fiction, were couched in the idioms and styles of the best literary fiction. This is an extremely important development?of such texts in the popular literature mode, the one that really stood out was a slim collection called A Fistful of Tales by Ayodele Arigbabu in which we are made to see Lagos through sci-fi, comic book and spy-thriller storylines. We were unanimous that Arigbabu is a writer to watch.? - The judging panel for the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2010?Africa Region
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