Narrating transnational violence and crime in Mukoma wa Ngugi’s novels
This study explores the thematic concerns which Mukoma addresses in his novels Nairobi Heat and Black Star Nairobi. The theme of transnational violence and crime is prominent in both novels. In addition, Mukoma has demonstrated that other issues which continue to trouble the world today remain relevant and urgent for writers of literature. The project also focuses on the narrative strategies employed by the author in communicating his concerns. This study relied on the theory of narratology in examining how transnational violence and crime and related issues are narrated. I have analyzed Nairobi Heat by focusing on the themes of betrayal, corruption, racism, greed and deception. These concerns are linked to violence and crime in this novel. I have also discussed themes which Mukoma advances in the novel Black Star Nairobi. It is evident that Mukoma is concerned with international violence and crime and the intricate webs of relationships that sustain the violence and crime. The narrative techniques the author uses and their effectiveness have also been discussed in relation to corruption, racism, and the question of identity as explored in the novels. It is evident that Mukoma has successfully weaved intricate detective narratives using well thought out narrative techniques which enables him to communicate transnational violence and crime, and other related concerns which he has addressed in these two novels in an effective manner.