Mwalimu Johnnie MacViban's new novel explores statelessness

YAOUNDE, Cameroon - Aug. 17, 2021 - PRLog -- Mwalimu Johnnie MacViban (The Makuru Alternative, A Ripple from Abakwa) will publish his first novel in thirteen years. The novel, which will be published in August 2021by Bakwa Books is part neo-noir, part political novel and part postmodern romp.

His novel, A Ripple from Abakwa, which was shortlisted for the EduArt Jane and Rufus Award, bemoans the changes that occurred at the turn of the century, as well as the cost of perennial dictatorship on the lives of everyday citizens. With his much anticipated new novel, Twilight of Crooks, Mwalimu Johnnie MacViban establishes himself as an essential voice in Cameroonian fiction. Drawing from the past to explore some of the most important contemporary issues, Twilight of Crooksexamines what it means to be stateless and a citizen of nowhere.

Mwalimu Johnnie MacViban is a senior journalist and news analyst who has worked with CRTV and Cameroon Tribune. He is the winner of the 1994 Editor's Choice Award for Poetry by the US National Library of Poetry and his novel, A Ripple from Abakwa, was shortlisted for the 2008 EduArt Jane and Rufus Blanchard Award for Fiction.

Set in 1977, Twilight of Crooks opens with an investigation into the murder of an oil tycoon. During a trip to Bonn, Germany, Jason Makelekele, who is investigating the murder, is disavowed by his country in an attempt to crush the investigation and becomes a stateless person. While he wonders if he will ever see the family and friends he has left behind, Cold War Germany is historically charged with what will be remembered as the German Autumn—a set of events associated with kidnappings by the Red Army Faction.


"Painstaking storytelling is deliberately and consciously replaced by the exploration of the possibilities of language and wordplay, and action is replaced by preoccupation with the infrastructures of consciousness and the nonverbal gyrations of the psychic life of characters."

Linus T. Asong, author of The Crown of Thorns

"MacViban finds himself between two poles, that of postmodern lightheartedness and explicit political writing. In his attempts to combine the two, he reaches towards a new kind of writing."

Jeremy Klemin


"The narrative of Twilight of Crooks traverses geographies both actual and invented. Mwalimu Johnnie MacViban is a voice to watch out for."

Rotimi Babatunde - Winner the Caine Prize.

"Inspector Bakasili is the descendant of a long line of smart, bare-knuckle detectives that range from Maigret to Poirot. Looking forward to him unearthing whodunit and solving more crimes."

E.C. Osondu - Winner the Caine Prize.

Visit us at:
Source: » Follow
Email:*** Email Verified
Location:yaounde - yaounde - Cameroon
Account Email Address Verified     Account Phone Number Verified     Disclaimer     Report Abuse

Like PRLog?
Click to Share