To get to school, you may have to pass the corpse at the roadblock. Purple Hibiscus is about this weird normality, about the way tyranny insists that everyone dream the national nightmare, and it works by playing off the innocence of childhood against the brutal inanities of strong men in a state gone rotten.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about Nigeria, a country that has known little but coup and kleptomania since independence, but her novel crosses borders because it is really a parable about love in a time of terror.
The ways of God and the ways of government (a conflation frequently made in Africa) are increasingly hard to tell apart.
Kambili finds out, almost too late, that the divine justice her father invokes and those that murder to preserve their political fortunes are closely linked.
Devout, shy, 15-year-old Kambili and her brother Jaja are children of a rich man, a towering, god-like presence in the life of his beloved daughter and a fervent Catholic whose money and connections keep the world at bay.
Then comes the coup, and waves of terror begin to wash around the privileged compound.
Inside the big house, Kambili confronts two versions of her father.
There is the champion of human rights who publishes a newspaper that defies the military junta, and there is the sadist who beats his wife senseless, the Catholic bigot who does not hesitate to sacrifice his children to his religious obsession.
Ian Gillan and Roger Glover left in 1973, replaced by David Coverdale on vocals and Glenn Hughes on vocals and bass to complete the Mk 3 lineup.
The group produced two albums, Burn and Stormbringer, both of which did well in sales but did not increase the band’s profile beyond that compared to the hyper-successful Mk 2.
As we approach a vote on the UK's membership of the European Union, we look at what 50 writers, actors, historians, artists and comedians have said about Europe and its nations.
Deep Purple was formed in March 1968 by Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Jon Lord (keys), Ian Paice (drums), Rod Evans (vocals) and Nick Simper (bass).
Despite the band’s initial optimism, Clemson’s style didn’t match what the band was looking for, and the lack of chemistry dashed their high hopes, prompting Jon Lord to almost quit in frustration.