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020 _a9781526653239
082 _a823.914
100 _aGurnah, Abdulrazak
245 _aAfterlives
260 _bBloomsbury Publishing,
_aLondon :
300 _a275 p.;
_c20 cm
365 _b499.00
490 _aThe Nobel Prize 2021
520 _aRestless, ambitious Ilyas was stolen from his parents by the schutztruppe askari, the German colonial troops; after years away, he returns to his village to find his parents gone, and his sister Afiya given away. Hamza was not stolen, but was sold; he has come of age in the schutztruppe, at the right hand of an officer whose control has ensured his protection but marked him for life. Hamza does not have words for how the war ended for him. Returning to the town of his childhood, all he wants is work, however humble, and security - and the beautiful Afiya. The century is young. The Germans and the British and the French and the Belgians and whoever else have drawn their maps and signed their treaties and divided up Africa. As they seek complete dominion they are forced to extinguish revolt after revolt by the colonised. The conflict in Europe opens another arena in east Africa where a brutal war devastates the landscape. As these interlinked friends and survivors come and go, live and work and fall in love, the shadow of a new war lengthens and darkens, ready to snatch them up and carry them away.
650 _aAfrica
650 _aColonization
650 _aDraftees
650 _aGerman colonies
650 _aVeterans
650 _aPostcolonialism
650 _aHistorical fiction
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