The Seers: Sulaiman Addonia in Conversation with Vijay Khurana- Traf. Sq

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Waterstones

Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5EJ

Wednesday 26 June de 18:00 à 19:00

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Join us in welcoming Sulaiman Addonia, in conversation with Vijay Khurana, to celebrate the publication of his third novel, The Seers.

Join us in welcoming Sulaiman Addonia, in conversation with Vijay Khurana, to celebrate the publication of his third novel, The Seers, a gripping novel exploring intergenerational histories and refugee experiences.


The Seers follows the first weeks of a homeless Eritrean refugee in London. Set around a foster home in Kilburn and in the squares of Bloomsbury, where its protagonist Hannah sleeps, the novel grapples with how agency is given to the sexual lives of refugees, insisting that the erotic and intimate side of life is as much a part of someone’s story as ‘land and nations’ are.

Hannah arrives in London with her mother’s diary, containing a disturbing sexual story taking place in Keren, Eritrea, where the Allies defeated the Italians in the Second World War. In a gripping, continuous paragraph, The Seers moves between the present day and the past to explore intergenerational histories, colonial trauma, and the realities of the UK asylum system and its impact on young refugees.


Sulaiman Addonia is an Eritrean-Ethiopian-British novelist. He spent his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan, and his early teens in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He arrived in London as an underage unaccompanied refugee without a word of English and went on to earn an MA in Development Studies from SOAS and a BSc in Economics from UCL. His first novel, The Consequences of Love (Chatto & Windus, 2008), was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was translated into more than 20 languages. His second novel, Silence is My Mother Tongue (Indigo Press, 2019; Graywolf, 2020), was a Finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards 2021, the Firecracker (CLMP) Awards, the inaugural African Literary Award from The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, and longlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Fiction. His essays appear in LitHub, Granta, Freeman’s, The New York Times, De Standaard and Passa Porta.