Kwanini? : The Cock Thief

by Parselelo Kantai

KSh 400 KSh 300

Twice Caine Prize short-listed writer, Parseleleo Kantai explores the interface between reality and myth, desperation and futility that emerges from the death of belief in a collective future, and ultimately in the self – and the subsequent unachievable hope of escaping poverty when one is without the usual advantages.

The Cock Thief’s backdrop is Moi’s Kenya ; the main character, the President’s driver and confidante, turns thief and takes to the border with one of the Leader’s significant emblems – a golden cock. This is the ultimate Kenyan heist story.

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Parselelo Kantai (author)

Parselelo Kantai has a flair for sounding the alarm. Formerly the editor of the East African environmental quarterly Ecoforum, Kantai wrote and oversaw the publication of A Deal in the Mara, which shed light on the corruption in the management of the Maasai Mara. Kantai, one of Kenya’s most pointed investigative reporters, has contributed to a series of East African magazines and dailies and is currently working on a novel set during the 1970s Kenyatta years. In 2004, Kantai was runner-up for the Caine Prize for African Writing for his fiction piece Comrade Lemma and the Black Jerusalem Boys Band.

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Dimensions 13.5 x 11.5 cm

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Parselelo Kantai

Parselelo Kantai has a flair for sounding the alarm. Formerly the editor of the East African environmental quarterly Ecoforum, Kantai wrote and oversaw the publication of A Deal in the Mara, which shed light on the corruption in the management of the Maasai Mara. Kantai, one of Kenya’s most pointed investigative reporters, has contributed to a series of East African magazines and dailies and is currently working on a novel set during the 1970s Kenyatta years. In 2004, Kantai was runner-up for the Caine Prize for African Writing for his fiction piece Comrade Lemma and the Black Jerusalem Boys Band.