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Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist, Nobel prize in literature, Wole Soyinka.  (Photo: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)
Nigerian playwright, poet and essayist, Nobel prize in literature, Wole Soyinka. (Photo: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images)

Review: Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth by Wole Soyinka (Bloomsbury)

Summary: In an imaginary Nigeria, a cunning entrepreneur is selling body parts stolen from Dr. Menka’s hospital for use in ritualistic practices. Dr. Menka shares the grisly news with his oldest college friend, bon viveur, star engineer, and Yoruba royal, Duyole Pitan-Payne. The life of every party, Duyole is about to assume a prestigious post at the United Nations in New York, but it now seems that someone is deter­mined that he not make it there. And neither Dr. Menka nor Duyole knows why, or how close the enemy is, or how powerful.

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