Synopses & Reviews
A finalist for the 1994 Booker Prize, England’s highest honor for works of fiction, Paradise is at once the story of an African boy’s coming of age, a tragic love story, and a tale of the corruption of African tradition by European colonialism.
Sold by his father in repayment of a debt, twelve-year-old Yusuf is thrown from his simple rural life into the complexities of precolonial urban East Africa. Through Yusuf’s eyes, Gurnah depicts communities at war, trading safaris gone awry, and the universal trials of adolescence. The result is a page-turning saga that offers a unique perspective on a seldom-chronicled part of the world.
From the Booker Prize finalist, a lyric coming-of-age novel set in precolonial, urban East Africa.
About the Author
Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 in Zanzibar and teaches at the University of Kent. He is the author of Paradise
, Admiring Silence
, and By the Sea
, all published by The New Press.