Spirit Nights

By Easterine Kire

Category: Fiction, Women's

Formats available: Paperback, Ebook

Pages: 200

Publication date: 03/03/22

ISBN-13: 9781909954540

A compelling fable from an award-winning indigenous writer. Drawing on ancient tribal tales from Nagaland, Northeast India, SPIRIT NIGHTS is an exciting UK debut for Easterine Kire. It tells of a prophecy fulfilled when a number of villages are enveloped in an endless darkness.

‘A rich festival of storytelling – playful, poignant and profound. Easterine Kire reimagines marvels for new audiences, shining fresh light on ancient wisdom and revealing truths that have united humanity for centuries. A beautiful read.’ Ann Morgan, novelist and author of Reading the World

A terrible taboo has been violated in the spirit world. A wise elder feels the village crumble as her people are isolated and frightened. She knows that only through acting with wisdom and courage, and journeying into unknown realms, can the people get the light back.

But who would dare to do that? 

Lockdowns, Spirit Visions, Eternal Darkness – Spirit Nights delivers a unique, timely tale from Nagaland.

‘To read Easterine Kire is to fall under the spell of an easeful, velvety, pitch-perfect storytelling. This book is especially memorable for a powerful female protagonist whose age ripened wisdom is needed to save a community on the verge of being engulfed and erased by darkness.’ – Gayathri Prabhu

Spirit Nights also includes informative notes, and an essay about real ‘Dark Time Accounts’ – tribal stories of periods when the world tumbles into seemingly endless night time.

Reviews

To read Easterine Kire is to fall under the spell of an easeful, velvety, pitch-perfect storytelling. Spirit Nights brings together the lull of fable, the revelation of allegory, the vitality of folklore and the intimacy of the familial in a manner that is distinctly Kire. This book is especially memorable for a powerful female protagonist whose age-ripened wisdom is needed to save a community on the verge of being engulfed and erased by darkness.

- Gayathri Prabhu

A rich festival of storytelling - playful, poignant and profound. Easterine Kire reimagines marvels for new audiences, shining fresh light on ancient wisdom and revealing truths that have united humanity for centuries. A beautiful read.

- Ann Morgan

Easterine Kire

Dr Easterine Kire, poet, short story writer and novelist, was born in Kohima, Nagaland, a state in Northeast India. Her tales drawn from her indigenous Naga culture are now stem from her home in Arctic Norway. In 1982, she was the first Naga poet in to have her poetry published in English. In 2003, she wrote A Naga Village Remembered, the first Naga novel in English. In 2011 she was awarded the Governor’s medal for excellence in Naga literature. Her novel, Bitter Wormwood was shortlisted for the Hindu Lit for …

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