The Afterlife of Victor Kamara

With a reporter's keen-eyed understanding of politics, and a novelist's gift for inventing flawed yet sympathetic characters, Zakin tells the story of a young West African coup leader who flees to the United States and the white Kenyan journalist who befriends him. The Afterlife of Victor Kamara inhabits the moral worlds of Graham Greene and Nadine Gordimer, where friendship rarely survives the machinations of power, but Zakin's ideas are very much of our time. Ultimately, The Afterlife of Victor Kamara suggests that the "failed state" we decry may well be our own.