Binyavanga Is Out! (which means he is so in)

One day, he said, he would write about this place. And the local boy came good. This is a new review of a two year old masterpiece that is surely going to come under renewed scrutiny, with Binyavanga Wainaina leaving the closet in a most Binyavanga-ish way, announcing to his mother that he is a homosexual, and proud of it.

Of course, when reviewing a book, the author is not under the spotlight. But how can we keep this treasured son of East Africa’s revelation that he is gay out of this review? One Day I Will Write About This Place is a genuine work of art. Described by Helon Habila, Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia, in the Guardian as “a coming-of-age narrative, a sort of autobiographical portrait of the artist as a young man, up until the section where he grows up. Then it becomes simply commentary and critique, but it
does this brilliantly.”

If, as Habila says in his opening line of his objective and frankly prophetic review, “the idea of truth has always been central to literature”, then Binyavanga has shamed the devil. Africa is standing at a crossroads of human rights and ‘morality’ and, in the manner of the typical honesty we have come to expect from the man, the truth must be central to the choices we make.

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