The Death of Vivek Oji | Der Tod des Vivek Oji - Akwaeke Emezi

What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew? 

One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek’s closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens—and Osita struggles to understand Vivek’s escalating crisis—the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom. 

Propulsively readable, teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a novel of family and friendship that challenges expectations—a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.


Eines Nachmittags öffnet eine Mutter in einer Stadt im Südosten Nigerias ihre Haustür und entdeckt den Körper ihres toten Sohnes, eingewickelt in bunten Stoff. Ihren Sohn, den die eigenen Eltern nie so recht verstanden haben. 

Vivek Oji ist schon früh anders als die anderen Kinder und leidet unter Ohnmachtsanfällen. Während der Vater den Militärdienst herbeisehnt, überschüttet die Mutter den Sohn mit Fürsorge. Viveks engste Bezugsperson ist sein Cousin Osita. Kann er Vivek helfen, sein Innerstes zu offenbaren?

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