The Hangman's Game
Cleverly interweaving two storylines - a bloody slave revolt in 1823 and a military coup in the late 1990s - The Hangman's Game follows a pregnant writer's experiences in Nigeria during the murderous era of a 'military democracy', under a tyrant known only as Butcher Boy. The subplot, the woman's novel, is set in her native Guyana, with historical characters who reflect their counterparts in the real world - the woman, her minister husband and their daughter's strikingly beautiful nursemaid. Insecurities about her marriage begin to spiral out of control and paranoia sets in as the protagonist becomes unable to distinguish between real-life threats and the constructions of her imagination. The hangman's noose from the simple spelling guessing game and the children's nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice are used to sinister effect in this studiously plotted and subtly told story.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Oct 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
About Karen King-Aribisala
Karen King-Aribisala was born in Guyana and lives and works in Nigeria where she is the Professor of English at the University of Lagos. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in Africa for her short story collection Our Wife and Other Stories, two James Michener Fellowships for creative writing, and a number of grants. The Hangman's Game won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book in Africa.