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This novel deals with the question of African identity in a rapidly changing world. Babu, the grandfather, who is both dead and alive, tries to point the way by transporting the main character into the past, yet pointing him to the future.


Set in Zanzibar in 1961, shortly before the revolution of 1964 that put an end to the wealth and privilege of the upper class. Written by a noted Zanzibari novelist whose family perished in the revolution. He later moved to Nairobi where he resumed…
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