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Sunset at Dawn

sunset at dawn
In a novel that is at the same time a satire, a love story and a story of war, Chukwuemeka Ike has drawn movingly and convincingly on his own experiences of the Biafran tragedy.On 30th May 1967, Eastern Nigeria broke away and the new state of Biafra was born. Then economic blockade, bitter fighting, ...Read more
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In a novel that is at the same time a satire, a love story and a story of war, Chukwuemeka Ike has drawn movingly and convincingly on his own experiences of the Biafran tragedy.
On 30th May 1967, Eastern Nigeria broke away and the new state of Biafra was born. Then economic blockade, bitter fighting, a mammoth refugee problem and above all, sheer starvation drove the new state into surrender.
Throughout the crisis Chukwuemeka Ike was there and the characters in his novel were there, drawn from a cross-section of those he met under the exigencies of war-time. The armchair soldiers; the self-important ‘brass-hats’ sending others into action; the callow youngsters exposed to the horrors of the front line they all come alive and are made utterly believable, described with Ike’s individual brand of warmth, sympathy, and all sheer humanity.