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After Lives

Abdulrazak Gurnah

Published: 17th September 2020 Following two East African boys snatched from their families and sold into a colonial war, Afterlives is the story of the timeless human longing to belong, and a lifelong search for peace. Shattering and captivating, full of sweeping adventure and unforgettable heartbreak, it burns with the heat and light of a country forged over decades of war, and the friendship, love and family that grow from the ashes. HARDBACK Publisher: Bloomsbury ISBN: 9781526615855

£15.99

Our Curators said...

If you open your heart to it, this is one of those books that reaches into your soul and shakes it up for the better. It’s a complex, nuanced, at once luxurious and heart-wrenching story about life in colonial Africa. This is a history badly underrepresented but told here in a way that sees the story from many different eyes. The grace with which Abdulrazak writes is astounding. This is not a read to race through; rather one whose every word we should take to heart.

The LoveMyRead Team

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What the Critics are Saying

A remarkable novel, by a wondrous writer, deeply compelling, a thread that links our humanity with the colonial legacy that lies beneath, in ways that cut deep

Philippe Sands

To read Afterlives is to be returned to the joy of storytelling as Abdulrazak Gurnah takes us to the place where imagined lives collide with history. In prose as clear and as rhythmic as the waters of the Indian Ocean, the story of Hamza and Afiya is one of simple lives buffeted by colonial ambitions, of the courage it takes to endure, to hold oneself with dignity, and to live with hope in the heart

Aminatta Forna

Effortlessly compelling storytelling ... Gurnah excels at depicting the lives of those made small by cruelty and injustice ... A beautiful, cruel world of bittersweet encounters and pockets of compassion, twists of fate and fluctuating fortunes ... You forget that you are reading fiction, it feels so real

Leila Aboulela

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