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Depicting the tensions of an African family, and the immigrant experience in London, Gravel Heart... Read More

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Depicting the tensions of an African family, and the immigrant experience in London, Gravel Heart will appeal to fans of Jhumpa Lahiri, Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sunjeev Sahota and Taiye SelasiShortlisted for the Booker Prize with Paradise and longlisted with By the Sea, Abdulrazak Gurnah is one of the judges of the 2016 Man Booker Prize - his profile in the literary world has never been higherAbdulrazak Gurnah's novels always receive huge critical acclaim - Gravel Heart will have a major publicity campaign, and widespread press coverage is guaranteed.Abdulrazak Gurnah is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021. He is the author of ten novels: Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award), Admiring Silence, By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), Desertion (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize) The Last Gift, Gravel Heart, and Afterlives, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2021 and longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. He was Professor of English at the University of Kent, and was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2016. He lives in Canterbury.By the winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature 'The elegance and control of Gurnah's writing, and his understanding of how quietly and slowly and repeatedly a heart can break, make this a deeply rewarding novel' Kamila Shamsie, Guardian ________________________ For seven-year-old Salim, the pillars upholding his small universe - his indifferent father, his adored uncle, his treasured books, the daily routines of government school and Koran lessons - seem unshakeable. But it is the 1970s, and the winds of change are blowing through Zanzibar: suddenly Salim's father is gone, and the island convulses with violence and corruption the wake of a revolution. It will only be years later, making his way through an alien and hostile London, that Salim will begin to understand the shame and exploitation festering at the heart of his family's history. ________________________ 'Riveting . The measured elegance of Gurnah's prose renders his protagonist in a manner almost uncannily real' New York Times 'Glittering ... Each work is different from the last, yet they build into a powerfully evocative oeuvre that keeps coming back to the same questions, in spare, graceful prose, about the ties that bind and the ties that fray' Telegraph 'A colourful tale of life in a Zanzibar village, where passions and politics reshape a family. Powerful' Mail on SundayMoving from revolutionary Zanzibar in the 1960s to restless London in the 1990s, Gravel Heart is a powerful story of belonging, betrayal and exile, from the Booker Prize-shortlisted author of Paradise [A] captivating storyteller, with a voice both lyrical and mordant, and an oeuvre haunted by memory and loss. His intricate novels of arrival and departure . reveal, with flashes of acerbic humour, the lingering ties that bind continents, and how competing versions of history collideGurnah is a master storytellerGurnah writes with wonderful insight about family relationships and he folds in the layers of history with elegance and warmthExile has given Gurnah a perspective on the "balance between things" that is astonishing, superbGurnah etches with biting incisiveness the experiences of immigrants exposed to contempt, hostility or patronising indifference on their arrival in BritainGurnah writes with quiet humour and great affection about pre-revolutionary Zanzibar and its people . Gurnah writes beautifully, with the satisfying assurance of someone who knows how to achieve his effects without undue fuss but with absolute precisionGurnah evokes his world in poetic prose which is pure and lucidHis prose is elegant and evocativeGurnah has laid powerful imaginative claim to the eastern seaboard of AfricaGravel Heart is one of the beautiful novels that lingers in the mind long after reading. Gurnah writes about the clash of worlds with such pathos and elegance.Glittering...Each work is different from the last, yet they build into a powerfully evocative oeuvre that keeps coming back to the same questions, in spare, graceful prose, about the ties that bind and the ties that frayEntertainingly intertwines migration and a tale of family drama ... Gurnah has rightly been praised for his masterful storytelling ... An emotive tale about betrayal, families and the East African diasporaA colourful tale of lie in a Zanzibar village, where passions and politics reshape a family ... Expect echoes of Shakespeare's Measure for MeasureThroughout, the elegance and control of Gurnah's writing, and his understanding of how quietly and slowly and repeatedly a heart can break, make this a deeply rewarding novelThe measured elegance of Gurnah's prose renders his protagonist in a manner almost uncannily real . Gurnah's portrayal of student immigrant life in Britain is pleasingly deliberate and precise, and also riveting . Even the minor characters in this novel have richly imagined histories that inflect their smallest interactions - one of the loveliest pleasures of this book, and a choice that makes its world exceptionally fullA poignant, understated and frequently moving novel

Product Details

Title: Gravel Heart
Author: Abdulrazak Gurnah
SKU: BK0441709
EAN: 9781526603692

About Author

Abdulrazak Gurnah is the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021. He is the author of ten novels: Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread Award), Admiring Silence, By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Award), Desertion (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize) The Last Gift, Gravel Heart, and Afterlives, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Fiction 2021 and longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. He was Professor of English at the University of Kent, and was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2016. He lives in Canterbury.

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