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New York. 1988. Grove Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 159 pages. hardcover. 0802110185. Jacket illustration and design by Bascove. keywords: Literature Black Africa East Africa. inventory # 9791. FROM THE PUBLISHER-Adbulrazak Gurnah takes us deep inside the human heart of darkness in this bitterly lyrical first novel about a boy's coming of age in coastal East Africa. Hassan Omar lives with his family in a squalid seaport called Kenge, ¿where the toilers and failures lived, where wizened prostitutes and painted homosexuals traded, where drunk came for cheap tende, where anonymous voices howled with pain in the streets at night. ' With unflinching eye and quaking heart, Hassan beholds a ceaseless daily round of poverty, cruelty, and degradation. He stands by helplessly as his careworn mother is brutalized by his perpetually drunk, depraved father. He watches his ne'er ¿do-well older brother die a freakish, excruciating, and utterly pointless death. He despairs over his younger sister's defiant, flagrant promiscuity. He sees his nation's newly won independence and the hopes of his generation squandered by venal leaders. Release of sorts comes to Hassan in the form of a reluctant summons from his rich uncle in Nairobi. In a classic story of spiritual triumph, he leaves Kenge to discover a larger world that contains, along with its share of more refined cruelty, the possibility of beauty and of love. Through Adbulrazak Gurnah's extraordinary narrative gifts, we experience along with Hassan every step of his odyssey through an Africa we have not seen before, the new black Africa dragging its torturous legacy of slavery and colonialism into the uncertain era of independence. We live with him a life unimaginable to most of us. We breathe and touch the squalor of his surroundings, we share his sense of being trapped, we wince at the painful comedy of his first encounter with sophistication, we feel the first urgent stirrings of hope, and when we are done, we too bear the soul-searing memory of departure. Abdulrazak Gurnah (born 1948 in Zanzibar) is a Tanzanian novelist based in the United Kingdom. From 1980 to 1982, Gurnah lectured at the Bayero University Kano in Nigeria. He then moved to the University of Kent, where he earned his PhD in 1982. He is now a lecturer there. His novel PARADISE, DESERTION was shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prize. BY THE SEA, meanwhile, was longlisted for the Booker and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
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