2nd place

Saah Millimono, One Day I Will Write About This War


Chair of Judges, Jamal Mahjoub said:

In 2nd place, Saah Millimono’s One Day I Will Write About This War provides a moving portrait of a young boy in Liberia who finds the hardships of his life relieved by the family of a girl he meets at school. Their lives are turned upside down with the arrival of the civil war.”

Judge, Helon Habila said:

"This novel on the Liberian civil war of the late 1980s and early 1990s does what war novels do best, it goes beyond the fighting and into the personal lives of the fighters. It tells the story of Tarneu and Kou, childhood friends, separated by war, and reunited after the war. They endure the loss of family, the transforming chaos and brutalities of war, but they make it out alive. This isn't just a war novel, it is also a love story, a song to the human spirit's ability to hope, to endure, and to survive. There haven't been many novels about the Liberian civil war, and there definitely won't be many better than this."

Saah Millimono was born in 1981 and is a graduate of St. Michael’s Catholic High School in Monrovia, Liberia. He worked for 6 years as a freelance fiction writer for the Liberian Observer Corporation and in 2009 won the Short Fiction Prize of the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings.

Synopsis Tarnue and Kou are from different backgrounds, young, ambitious, and in primary school. Suddenly the Liberian Civil War erupts; they and many others are altered in ways they could hardly have thought of. One Day I Will Write About This War tenderly explores this unlikely childhood friendship and multiple human costs of war.

Interview with Saah Millimono

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