"Bubbling up beneath the often whimsical text are deeply unsettling matters - what the author has called Angola's 'deepest wounds' - that expose a cruel and unyielding political dictatorship. Ondjaki pokes fun at the absurdities of the highly censored state-owned media and at the president, too ... Born in 1977, Ondjaki is less burdened by ideology and party loyalty than several older Angolan writers. He also has an ear for the banter, the gossip and chit-chat that beats at the heart of Luandan life."
- The I.B. Taurus Blog
About the Author
Nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for When Words Deny the World, Stephen Henighan is also the author of two previous novels, two short story collections and a widely praised travel memoir. He is a frequent contributor to magazines such as Geist (Vancouver), Matrix (Montreal), The Times Literary Supplement (London) and the Bulletin of Spanish Studies (Glasgow). His work has been published in eight countries.
The 30-year-old author has published nine books, which have been translated from the original Portuguese into French, German, Spanish, and Italian. Published simultaneously with another Ondjaki novel, The Whistler, which is appearing in the U.K., Good Morning Comrades marks the author 's first appearance in English. Ondjaki lives in Luanda, Angola.