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In 1988, a retired schoolteacher named Pius Fernandes receives an old diary found in the back room of an East African shop. Written in 1913 by a British colonial administrator, the diary captivates Fernandes, who begins to research the coded history he encounters in its terse, laconic entries. What he uncovers is a story of forbidden liaisons and simmering vengeances, family secrets and cultural exiles--a story that leads him on an investigative journey through his own past and Africa's.

M. G. Vassanji was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa in the International Writing Program. He is the author of several books, including Amriika and No New Land. He is the winner of the Giller Prize, the Bressani Literary Prize, the Regional Commonwealth Prize, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He lives in Toronto.

In 1988, a retired schoolteacher named Pius Fernandes receives an old diary found in the back room of an East African shop. Written in 1913 by a British colonial administrator, the diary captivates Fernandes, who begins to research the coded history he encounters in its terse, laconic entries. What he uncovers is a story of forbidden liaisons and simmering vengeances, family secrets and cultural exilesa story that leads him on an investigative journey through his own past and Africa's.

"Rich . . . wonderful . . . entertaining . . . a celebration of storytelling."David Willis McCullough, The New York Times Book Review

"A love affair with the past . . . [an] exquisite, tender, and possibly great novel."The New Yorker

"Well-written, mulit-layered, and teasingly inconclusive . . . Offers a view of an area seldom treated in fiction.The Atlantic Monthly

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The discovery of a diary written in 1913 by a British colonial administrator captivates a retired schoolteacher as he uncovers a story of forbidden liaisons and wartime spies, family secrets and community upheavals.

Synopsis:

In 1988, a retired schoolteacher named Pius Fernandes receives an old diary found in the back room of an East African shop. Written in 1913 by a British colonial administrator, the diary captivates Fernandes, who begins to research the coded history he encounters in its terse, laconic entries. What he uncovers is a story of forbidden liaisons and simmering vengeances, family secrets and cultural exiles--a story that leads him on an investigative journey through his own past and Africa's.

About the Author

M. G. Vassanji was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was writer-in-residence at the University of Iowa in the International Writing Program. He is the winner of the Giller Prize, the Bressani Literary Prize, the Regional Commonwealth Prize, and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He lives in Toronto.

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meh..., December 15, 2008 (view all comments by meh...)
i hate this shit book for one reason... doing it for a cpt... that is all, i recomend to not use this bookfor any i.s.u or c.p.t or any kind of book report for english.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312150686
Author:
Vassangi, M. G.
Publisher:
St. Martins Press-3pl
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Africa, east
Subject:
Asians
Subject:
Diary fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 99-135
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.781 in

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"Synopsis" by , The discovery of a diary written in 1913 by a British colonial administrator captivates a retired schoolteacher as he uncovers a story of forbidden liaisons and wartime spies, family secrets and community upheavals.
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In 1988, a retired schoolteacher named Pius Fernandes receives an old diary found in the back room of an East African shop. Written in 1913 by a British colonial administrator, the diary captivates Fernandes, who begins to research the coded history he encounters in its terse, laconic entries. What he uncovers is a story of forbidden liaisons and simmering vengeances, family secrets and cultural exiles--a story that leads him on an investigative journey through his own past and Africa's.

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