Majok Tulba - When Elephants Fight
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets available until 09 July 2018 6:00 PM
This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
Join Majok Tulba for the launch of his latest novel When Elephants Fight.
In the South Sudanese village of Pacong, Juba is young and old at the same time. Forced to grow up quickly in the civil war, he is nonetheless fun-loving as well as smart. But his little world cannot deflect the conflict raging around it and soon he must flee the life he loves.
Ahead lies a long trek to a refugee camp, a journey arduous and fraught. When at last it ends, Juba comes to wonder if there’s any such thing as safe haven in his country. Yet life in the camp is not all bad. There can be intense joy amid the deprivation, there are angels as well as demons.
Poised part way between heaven and hell, When Elephants Fight draws a horrifying picture of what humanity can do to itself, but Juba’s is a story of transcendence and resilience, even exultation.
Majok Tulba was born in South Sudan and came to Australia in 2001. In between he lived in refugee camps. His first novel, Beneath the Darkening Sky, won the 2014 Kathleen Mitchell Award, and in 2013 it was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Commonwealth Book Prize, and a New South Wales Premier’s Award. Majok Tulba was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists of the Year in 2013, and he is also the recipient of a New South Wales Premier's CAL Literary Centre Fellowship.
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