It s Berlin, summer 1985. Vincent is an overweight, struggling photographer living in a shabby apartment Kreuzberg. His neighbours and friends are an ex-marine transsexual escort girl, a Kurdish refugee, a Nigerian playboy and various artistic types. Vincent misses Lucille, the girl he left behind in London; he has not spoken to his adoptive father for years and resents his successful older brother. Content to get drunk in bars and embark on a series of one-night stands, Vincent isn t doing very much at all. Then a chance encounter, the murder of a charismatic politician and an urgent phone call from his aunt shake up his world and Vincent finally has to stop slacking and take some control. With unique insight into a Europe of immigrants that won him praise for his collection of short stories, Segun Afolabi has written a moving novel about the personal politics of identity and a gentle exploration of the nature of true love.
Segun Afobali was born in Kaduna, Nigeria and has lived in various countries including East Germany. He is the author of the acclaimed collection of short stories, A Life Elsewhere, and winner of the 2005 Caine Prize. He lives in London.