By the beaches of Luanda, the Soviets are building a grand mausoleum in honour of the Comrade President. Granmas are whispering: houses, they say, will be dexploded, and everyone will have to leave. With the help of his friends Charlita and Pi (whom everyone calls 3.14), and with assistance from Dr. Rafael KnockKnock, the Comrade Gas Jockey, the amorous Gudafterov, crazy Sea Foam, and a ghost, our young hero must decide exactly how much trouble he’s willing to face to keep his Granma safe in Bishop’s Beach.
Energetic and colourful, impish and playful, Granma Nineteen and the Soviet’s Secret is a charming coming-of-age story from the next rising star in African literature. (Description taken from Biblioasis, 2013).
Stephen Henighan is Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies in the School of Languages and Literatures. He studied at universities in Pennsylvania, Colombia, Quebec and England, earning his doctorate in Modern Languages and Literature from Oxford University. Henighan is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Sandino's Nation: Ernesto Cardenal and Sergio Ramírez Writing Nicaragua, 1940-2012", which was a finalist for the Canada Prize in the Humanities and won the Canadian association of Hispanists' Award for Best book 2013-2016. His essay collection, "When Words Deny the World", was shortlisted for the 2002 Governor General's Literary Award.