On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean. With him he has a small bag in which. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the late afternoon of November 23rd, Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick.

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The paradise both these men have left is Zanzibar, an island in the Indian Ocean swept by the winds of the Musim, bringing traders with their perfumes and spices and a unique mix of cultures and histories. Sep 10, Carla Castanos rated it really liked it.

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Well-written beautifully poetic and evocative and full of on-point psychological insights about two men who meet in England and who have pasts in Zanzibar that connect them. View Full Version of PW. Be the first to discover new talent! Since his home country was once a British possession, he qualifies for asylum—yet, he is traveling on a fake passport. Even when the winds of history push them toward other, less hospitable shores—England, or the old, Marxist East Germany—Gurnah’s characters are still the embodiment of mythic Zanzibar.

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Great post-colonial lit–Gurnah brings alive the culture and time gurnsh the Zanzibar of his youth, a place shaped by traders and settlers who came and went with the trade winds that circulated between East Africa, the East Indies and the Arabian Peninsula.

Britain Through Muslim Eyes: Another pearl, probably one of the most exquisites i found on my travel through african literature in English. Meanwhile, poet and professor Latif Mahmud, also from Zanzibar, having been alerted by the authorities that a fellow Zanzibari might need help with translation, bby back at his own past. Its narrator is a refugee from an East African island nation who is seeking to enter England. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

The Best Books of So Gurnah offers Kevin Edelman up as a caricature, then gently mocks us for accepting this slick skin of dumbness: Merve EmreWea Chasman.

Behind the scene, pulling the strings, is Hussein, who both entrances and tricks, then disappears home to Persia to let things fall out as they may. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. And the story was so complicated, but in the best possible way.

The Reformatory Tananarive Due. Books by Abdulrazak Gurnah. In any case I heard Latif Mahmud stir in the other room, and stirred myself to fill the kettle and rinse the cups for our tea.

Yet it’s not Hussein himself who brings about their downfall.

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Seven years later, the monsoon brings civilian strife and a Marxist coup. When Saleh and Latif meet in a small English seaside town, a story of long ago begins to unravel – a story of seduction and ggurnah, of the haphazard displacement of people, a story of love and betrayal and above all of possession.


In the late afternoon of November gunah, Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport with a small bag in which lies a mahogany box containing incense – and little else. Early in the book Omar tells of his hatred Imperialism, he is bitter about the changes it made to his country and in the mess it left There were parts of this book that were like listening to a maestro story teller, then there were parts of great mundane detail.

I heard him appear in the kitchen, felt him in that small space, zea when I turned to him I saw that his eyes were gutnah and luminous, glistening with hurt.

May 10, Kate rated it it was amazing Shelves: By the Sea is no exception.

Review: By the Sea

And it’s by the sea in London, where Saleh tries to build a new life–or at least to let what’s left of his life end peacefully–that he has to face the painful past and finally lay it to rest.

The Recorder Herselman Hattingh. An impressively quiet book that addresses important themes with intelligence and empathy. At what point did you change from feeling ambivalent to gripped? Coming from two different generations, each man has a different view of his former country, the older man having spent most of his life there, escaping to England when all other hope is gone, and the younger having left as a young student, but still longing for the connections he left behind.

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