Nations, Railroads, and History: Peter Kimani on Writing “Dance of the Jakaranda”

Dance of the Jakaranda, the new novel by Peter Kimani, is a layered and moving exploration of the history of Kenya, juxtaposing a story of conflict during the nation’s colonial period with a narrative set in its early days of independence. It’s a novel in which the central characters constantly surprise the readers, and Kimani’s explorations of history encompass multiple sides of art and infrastructure. I talked with Kimani via email about the writing of, and history behind, his book.

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