The much-anticipated film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s riveting novel Beasts of No Nation hits Netflix and selected theaters this week. You can see the trailer below.
Iweala’s short but enormously powerful novel is told in the voice of Agu, a young boy in an unnamed West African nation, who is recruited into a unit of guerrilla fighters as civil war engulfs his country. A strikingly original narrative that vividly captures Agu’s youth and confusion, this story will give students the opportunity to explore current issues with a deep complexity and humanity.
“The hypnotic present tense, first-person narration draws the reader deep into the child soldier’s shattered psyche.”—The Washington Post
Beasts of No Nation has been adopted as a freshman common read at Kalamazoo College and in literature and politics courses throughout the country.