The Other Experiment

by Ras Mengesha

KSh 250

Experimental in form, The Other Experiment interrogates the idea of otherness, giving us a somewhat heartbreaking image of Kenya (and the world) today. The book incorporates a stream of consciousness, images, newspaper cuttings, poems, scriptwriting, and prose to ask important questions: who am I? What makes me who I am? Who am I not?

The Other Experiment by Ras Mengesha is an attempt at breaking all the rules while still maintaining the most important objective – to tell a good story.

Author’s Warning: The stories herein are true, honest, and rather forthright.


“Read, weep, see what the future of our fiction looks like. Gorgeous. This one is coming to eat us.”
– Binyavanga Wainaina; author, One day I Will Write About This Place


  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kasichana Mumba

    This book has not only challenged how I view society, but how I view myself. Rarely has a book made me sit back & reflect on all the messages & facts it had to present to the world. This one did.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    I love the eccentric and intelligent wisdom in this book. So good. So different.

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Ras Mengesha

Ras Mengesha is a writer and teacher of literature whose short fiction has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. When not writing, Ras Mengesha teaches creative writing at Daystar University during the day, and makes top secret podcasts on time travel at night. He is currently trying really hard to write a novel. In the meantime however, find more of his magic on his blog;