Season of Crimson Blossoms

by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

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In conservative Northern Nigeria, the salacious affair between 55-year-old widow Binta Zubairu and a 26 year-old weed dealer and political thug with the very unusual name Hassan ‘Reza’ is bound to cause more than a ripple.

Brought together by some unusual circumstances, both see a need only each other could satisfy. Binta, who before the encounter, is reconciling herself with God, has the need to unshackle herself from the sexual repression that characterised her marriage, and a deprivation that typified her widowhood. But beyond that, there is her desire to redeem herself for the loss of her first son, whose tragic death haunts her still.

And so when the thug, Reza, whose real name not many people remember, arrives with a heart emptied by the absence of a mother who abandoned him when he was months old, and rekindles Binta’s passions, they strike it off.

As word of his unwholesome liaison with the widow Binta spreads and draws condemnation and social ostracisation for Binta, things get to a head when Binta’s rich son confronts the thug with disastrous consequence.

Set in the predominantly Muslim north of Nigeria, this story of relationships, and the lack of it, unfurls gently, revealing layers of human emotions and desires.

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Description

Author: Abubakar Ibrahim
ISBN: 978-1911115007
Country: Nigeria
Publisher: Cassava Republic Press
Size (cm): 13.7 x 4.8 x 21.6
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Weight 309 grams
Language: English
Publication Date: 20 May 2016

 

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim born in Jos, has dabbled into poetry and plays but is more at home with prose, where he likes to explore characters and plots.

He won the BBC African Performance Prize in 2007 and the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose the following year. He also emerged runner-up for the ANA Plateau Poetry Prize.

  1. cynthiaonyango

    Do not read this book in bed because you might find yourself having read throughout the night. Set in Northern Nigeria, you will find yourself empathizing with Binta and even understanding her actions. You will Reza to make the better decisions and ultimately you understand his fate in the end.

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was born in Jos, Nigeria and grew up wanting to tell stories by any means possible, including self-drawn comics. Eventually he started writing and published his debut short story collection, The Whispering Trees (Parresia Publishers, Lagos, 2012) to critical acclaim. It was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature and shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Abubakar has won the BBC African Performance Playwriting Competition in 2007, the Amatu Braide Prize for Prose in 2008 and is a 2013 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellow and a 2015 Civitella Ranieri Fellow. He is included in the Hay Festival’s Africa 39 List of the 39 most promising African Writers under the age of 40. Season of Crimson Blossoms is his first novel.