The Face: Cartography of the Void (Chris Abani)

  "In the end, we each must decide how comfortable we are with how much we hurt other people."

"In the end, we each must decide how comfortable we are with how much we hurt other people."

Nigeria / 2014

"The Face" series is a series of personal nonfiction in which a diverse group of writers takes readers on a guided tour of that most intimate terrain: their own faces...In The Face: Cartography of the Void, acclaimed poet, novelist, and screenwriter Chris Abani has given us a brief memoir that is, in the best tradition of the genre, also an exploration of the very nature of identity. Abani meditates on his own face, beginning with his early childhood that was immersed in the Igbo culture of West Africa. The Face is a lush work of art that teems with original and profound insights into the role of race, culture, and language in fashioning our sense of self." — Restless Books.