Author:
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (a published student)
Type:
Novel
Published:
May 2017
Publisher:
Transit Books
ISBN-13:
978-1-945492-01-3

About the publication

First published in Kenya in 2014 to critical and popular acclaim, Kintu is a modern classic, a multilayered narrative that reimagines the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. Divided into six sections, the novel begins in 1750, when Kintu Kidda sets out for the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the Buganda Kingdom. Along the way, he unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations. In an ambitious tale of a clan and a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu’s descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.

Reviews

Kintu is a masterpiece, an absolute gem, the great Ugandan novel that you didn’t know you were waiting for

The New Enquiry

An extraordinary novel about a family bound together by love, betrayal, and an age-old curse, told in gripping language that continually surprises. A literary triumph.

Maaza Mengiste