Biyi Bandele: The Sympathetic Undertaker and Other Dreams

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  • Thomas Martinek (Universitat Wien)

‘Biyi Bandele’s second novel, The Sympathetic Undertaker and Other Dreams, was first published by Bellew Publishing in 1991, shortly after the author’s emigration from Nigeria to the United Kingdom. Two years later, the work was also issued in Heinemann’s African Writer Series.

The Sympathetic Undertaker provides a vivid, high-powered and multi-facetted portrayal of the young Nigerian protagonist Rayo struggling to come to terms with the fierce political and social realities of his country in the late 1980s. Events are related by the intrusive first-person narrator Kayo, the protagonist’s older brother. Both in their early twenties, the two young men live in the city of Kafanchan in the Hausa …

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Martinek, Thomas. "The Sympathetic Undertaker and Other Dreams". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 October 2007
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

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