May 122014

French cover for Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death (Qui a peur de la mort?). A stark black and white illustrated cover where birds, crocodiles, and camels outline a skull, with two people's profiles as the skull's eyes, a tree and a woman wearing a buzzard hat for the nose, and 7 silhouettes journeying across a stark desert makes the teeth.Congratulations to Nnedi Okorafor on the nomination of Who Fears Death for the Prix Imaginales 2014!

In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means “Who Fears Death?” in an ancient African tongue.

Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny-to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture-and eventually death itself.