From the absurdities of present-day class pretensions to the moral corruption infecting human interactions in the Idi Amin and Milton Obote eras, Pale Souls Abroad and Other Tales arcs from comedy to tragedy, casting an unsparing eye on the accommodations Ugandans have made to nefarious influences, foreign and domestic. Nearly all the tales pivot on a supernatural event, the revelation of an ancient and implacable force that exacts its own retribution for unarticulated transgressions.
Ulysses Chuka Kibuuka was born in1953 at Karera, Bugongi-Sheema, western Uganda. He attended St Peter’s College, Tororo and the Aga Khan School, Masaka. In 1986 Kibuuka was with the NRA guerrillas that ousted the Milton Obote regime and he still serves in the armed forces. His first novel, For the Fairest, won the 1993 UPABA award for best fiction and was reviewed by the BBC Artshouse in 1996 as well as The New Vision and Radio Uganda. He is also the author of Pale Souls Abroad and Other Tales and A Wife for the Clan.