Season of Crimson Blossoms by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim – Opeyemi Razak Oyadiran

TITLE: SEASON OF CRIMSON BLOSSOMS
AUTHOR: ABUBAKAR ADAM  IBRAHIM
PUBLISHER: PARRESIA
YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2015
GENRE: FICTION
FORMAT: PAPERBACK
NO OF PAGES: 320
 
Abubakar’s debut novel opens rather jarringly into the confluence of societal and religious obligations (restrictions?), political discord and its agents, the much ignored trauma of survivors of religious clashes, all revolving around  a taboo love trying to bloom in the midst of such censure. The relationship between 55 year old Hajiya Binta with her history of repressed affections and sexuality and 26 year old roguish Reza with his ‘absent mother’ issues. Fa’iza and her djinns which is really her internal battle with trauma and the all too familiar anti-heroes of San Siro with their criminal activities and underhanded political dealings will amuse, amaze and haunt in turn. There is a blend of a radical departure from the usual traditional love stories and forbidden sexual escapades with its gallops and also the almost intimate foray into Northern Nigeria. Jos, Mararaba, even San Siro become open cities of intrigue without any hint of poverty or sickness that often plagues stories from that part of Nigeria. An
appealing feature of this novel is in the insight and the instant empathy that follows the characters and their helplessness in the Nigerian (it could have been anywhere) societal complex. Excellent reading experience.

 

By Opeyemi Razak Oyadiran

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