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Johannes Anyuru

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Johannes Anyuru (b. 1979) is a poet, novelist, and playwright. He made his debut in 2003 with the critically acclaimed collection of poems Only the Gods Are New. A Storm Blew in from Paradise (2012) was based on his own father's life and marked an important breakthrough in Anyuru's authorship. It reached the #1 spot on critics' lists, and was awarded and shortlisted for several prestigious literary prizes. The Rabbit Yard (2017) was a critical and commercial success and was awarded the August Prize for poetry. Translation rights have been sold to twelve territories and film rights have been acquired by Momento Film. 

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