IT has been announced that UK based publisher Canongate will be publishing Sulaiman Addonia’s new novel The Seers, which is said to explore an Eritrean refugee’s first weeks in London.
The novel is set around a foster home in Kilburn, in north-west London, and the novel explores the experiences of the unaccompanied Eritrean minor, Hannah, during the first weeks in the UK capital.
According to The Bookseller, ‘Hannah arrives with her mother’s diary, containing a disturbing sexual story taking place in the same mountains of Keren, Eritrea, where the Allies defeated the Italians in the Second World War.
As well as giving a glimpse into the UK asylum system and what it does to the mental health of young refugees, and how the intergenerational history of colonisation affects sexual and intimate relationships, The Seers is also said to detail the sexual conquests of queer young African immigrants in London, who are fluid, trans and androgynous.’
Sulaiman Addonia, who is also the author of Silence Is My Mother Tongue, is a British-Eritrean-Ethiopian novelist who fled Eritrea as a child. He spent his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan following the Om Hajar massacre in 1976, and in his early teens he lived and studied in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He arrived in London as an underage unaccompanied refugee without speaking a word of English, and went on to earn an MA in Development Studies from SOAS and a BSc in Economics from UCL. His debut novel, The Consequences of Love (Chatto & Windus, 2008), was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was translated into more than 20 languages.