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Desertion by Abdulrazak Gurnah
  

Desertion

Historical Fiction   Literary Fiction   

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A culture clash love, a turn-of-the-last-century scandal beautifully written as a semi-conscious English explorer is nursed by a spiky, argumentative Muslim. Itâs a dense, captivating read.

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Synopsis

Desertion by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Early one morning in 1899, in a small town along the coast from Mombasa, Hassanali sets out for the mosque. But he never gets there, for out of the desert stumbles an ashen and exhausted Englishman who collapses at his feet. That man is Martin Pearce — writer, traveller and something of an Orientalist. After Pearce has recuperated, he visits Hassanali to thank him for his rescue and meets Hassanaliâs sister Rehana; he is immediately captivated. In this crumbling town on the edge of civilised life, with the empire on the brink of a new century, a passionate love affair begins that brings two cultures together and which will reverberate through three generations and across continents.

Reviews

‘Rich in detail and filled with acute observations, this novel movingly examines the absences eating away at the core of all of its charactersâ Sunday Telegraph

‘As beautifully written and pleasurable as anything Iâve read … Gurnahâs portrait is the work of a maestroâ Guardian

‘This is an impressive and deeply serious book, a careful and often heartfelt exploration of the way memory inevitably consoles and disappoints usâ Sunday Times

‘An absorbing novel about abandonment and loss … Gurnah writes beautifully, with the satisfying assurance of someone who knows how to achieve his effects without undue fuss but with absolute precisionâ Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Abdulrazak Gurnah
Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 in Zanzibar and teaches at the University of Kent. He is the author of six novels which include Paradise, Admiring Silence and By the Sea. Paradise was shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prizes.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st May 2006

Author

Abdulrazak Gurnah

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Format

Paperback
272 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780747578956

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