Smithereens of Death

by Olubunmi Familoni

KSh 950

When you are as old as Mma-mma is, and you can feel the life smouldering underneath your skin, there is nothing left to do but wait for Death to visit. She usually waits in the backyard every day, where she can feel the sun’s warmth on her face and heart, listen to the rain from a distance, before it arrives, and inhale the heavenly perfume that rises from the soil after the sky has emptied its fury upon the earth.
– excerpt from The Colour of Darkness.

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“In Smithereens of Death, you will meet the illogical and absurd, and the mysterious and incomprehensible, all weaved into a functional mat by humour, and laughter – but it is the laughter of a mad man laughing at his own nakedness. The prose is rich, stylistic – Familoniesque, but the stories end too soon. One feels the author should have dug a little deeper, moulded a little more. Many blossoming stories, with the potential to be great are strangled and killed, and so Smithereens of Death reads like a file of vignettes and snapshots, like the incomplete lives it tries to map.”
– Richard Oduor Oduku (Writer, Poet – Jalada Africa) – Wawa Book Reviews

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Olubunmi Familoni (author)

Olubunmi Familoni (author)

Olubunmi Familoni writes from Ibadan. He is fast becoming a continental force with his haunting and exciting stories. His works have been featured in anthologies and literary fora such as the Magunga, Storymoja Africa, Klorofyl, Lesleigh Kenya, Hisia Zangu, ZazuGist, Sankofa, LitMag, YNaija and Naija Stories.

He wrote the screenplay, My Brother’s Keeper for the Afrinolly/Ford Foundation Cinema4Change project in 2014.

The Association of Nigerian Authors pronounced his collection of short stories, Smithereens of Death winner of the 2015 Abubakar Gimba/ANA Prize for Short Stories.

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Olubunmi Familoni

Olubunmi Familoni writes from Ibadan. He is fast becoming a continental force with his haunting and exciting stories. His works have been featured in anthologies and literary fora such as the Magunga, Storymoja Africa, Klorofyl, Lesleigh Kenya, Hisia Zangu, ZazuGist, Sankofa, LitMag, YNaija and Naija Stories. He wrote the screenplay, My Brother’s Keeper for the Afrinolly/Ford Foundation Cinema4Change project in 2014. The Association of Nigerian Authors pronounced his collection of short stories, Smithereens of Death winner of the 2015 Abubakar Gimba/ANA Prize for Short Stories.