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Johannes Anyuru (born 1979) is a poet and novelist. He debuted in 2003 with the critically acclaimed collection of poems Only The Gods Are New. His 2017 novel, They Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears, was awarded the August Prize for Best Fiction and has been sold to 17 territories. Anyuru’s work has been likened to a mix between Nobel Laureate Thomas Tranströmer and a hip-hop MC.

Anyuru’s fourth novel, Ixelles, was published in 2022.

They Will Drown in Their Mothers' Tears
De kommer att drunkna i sina mödrars tårar
If I Were to Die Under Other Skies
Skulle jag dö under andra himlar