Abyssinian Chronicles: A Novel (Vintage International) by Moses Isegawa PDF

By Moses Isegawa

ISBN-10: 0375406131

ISBN-13: 9780375406133

ISBN-10: 0375705775

ISBN-13: 9780375705779

each infrequently there emerges a literary voice with the ability and urgency to immerse readers deep inside a formerly "invisible" tradition. From a tender African author who has already earned comparisons to Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez comes this masterful saga of existence in 20th-century Uganda.

The teller of this panoramic story is Mugezi, a quick-witted, sharp-eyed guy whose lifestyles encompasses the normal and the fashionable, the peaceable and the insanely violent, the despotic and the democratic. Born in a rural neighborhood within the early Sixties, he's raised by means of his grandfather, a deposed extended family leader, and his great-aunt, or "grandmother," after his mom and dad immigrate to the capital urban of Kampala. At age 9, he leaves in the back of his safe existence within the village to affix his mom and dad and siblings within the urban, the place he's first uncovered to the despotism and difficulty that he'll take care of within the years to come.

The nightmare reign of Idi Amin and its chaotic aftermath are the backdrop to Mugezi's coming-of-age: his consistent fight together with his harsh mom and austere father; his years spent as caregiver to his mom and dad' ever-growing brood of kids; his sojourn in a horrifically repressive Catholic seminary. He is going to paintings as a highschool instructor, turns into enmeshed in a sad romance, reveals himself drawn right into a doubtful, in all likelihood risky alliance with the army after Amin's fall and witnesses the common ravages of the AIDS virus. ultimately, sickened via own loss and nationwide tragedy, he manages to immigrate to Amsterdam.

The info of Mugezi's existence offer a beginning for Isegawa's significant and profoundly illuminating portrait of the modern, postcolonial African event. full of remarkable characters, lively via a depraved humorousness and guided by means of an severe but clear-eyed compassion, Abyssianian Chronicles is our creation to a superlative new writer.

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