Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

Competition published on October 2, 2015.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Based on the 2005 novel by Nigerian-American author Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation, the new Netflix Original film featuring Idris Elba, and directed by Cary Fukunaga, presents an extraordinary portrait of the chaos and violence of war; not the sort of war movie we’re used to either, for this film confronts the audience with the disorienting spectacle of children who are at once victims and perpetrators of terrible war crimes.

Uzodinma Iweala (c) ObandeIt tells the story of nine year old Agu who is wrenched from an idyllic childhood and forced to confront the horror of war when his village becomes swept up in an unnamed West African civil conflict. His mother and sister are rescued by the UN, but he and his father are left behind. After Agu sees his father killed, and his village destroyed, he is recruited by a fierce warlord and becomes a child soldier, fighting in a war he doesn’t understand.

The glowing Guardian review called it “a tale of fear, degradation and abusive dysfunction – a violent and disorientating nightmare with a shiver of Coppola’s Apocalypse Now.” It’s a tough watch utterly unsparing in its portrayal of Agu’s degradation and it makes the Francis Ford Coppola epic seem like an episode of Eastenders by comparison. You have been warned!

John Murray have issued a movie tie-in edition of Iweala’s novel which garnered a host of prizes and shortlist nominations upon publication. In 2007, Iweala was named as one of Granta magazine‘s 20 best young American novelists but since his debut a second novel remains an eagerly-awaited prospect.

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Watch a trailer (c) Focus Features / Netflix

Bert Wright, Editor – The Nudge List


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