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One Day I Will Write About This Place

A Memoir
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Binyavanga Wainaina

In this vivid and compelling memoir, Binyavanga Wainaina tumbles through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. In One Day I Will Write About This Place, named a 2011 New York Times notable book, Wainaina brilliantly evokes family, tribe, and nationhood in joyous, ecstatic language.

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“A Kenyan Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man . . . suffused by a love affair with language.”—Publishers Weekly, Top Ten Books of 2011

About the Author

Binyavanga  Wainaina
Credit: Jerry Riley
Binyavanga Wainaina is the author of One Day I Will Write About This Place and founding editor of Kwani?, a leading African literary magazine. He directs the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College.
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  • A New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • “[An] astonishing, dreamy memoir. . . . Words quickly become [Wainaina’s] life, especially as he grows up to become one of Africa’s intellectual leaders, but never does he lose that magical, deeply felt sense of language. And as his readers, neither do we.”, Summer Reading List
  • “Glimmering, strobe-lit language . . . [One Day I Will Write About This Place] reveal[s] a complex, cosmopolitan African experience too rarely depicted in books.”Teju Cole, GQ, “Book of the Year Club”
  • “One of Kenya’s young literary stars.”—Vanity Fair


This book is made possible through a partnership with the College of St. Benedict, in honor of the legacy of S. Mariella Gable, a distinguished teacher at the College, and by the generosity of Graywolf Press donors like you.
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