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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 â€” writer, traveller and something of an Orientalist. After Pearce has recuperated, he visits Hassanali to thank him for his rescue and meets Hassanaliâ€™s 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.
â€˜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
â€˜As beautifully written and pleasurable as anything Iâ€™ve read â€¦ Gurnahâ€™s portrait is the work of a maestroâ€™ Guardian
â€˜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
â€˜An absorbing novel about abandonment and loss â€¦ 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
Publication date: 01/05/2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||1st May 2006|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.Photograph Â© Mark PringleMore About Abdulrazak Gurnah