by Abdulrazak Gurnah - £8.99 Bloomsbury Publishing (2004)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780747573999 | ISBN 10: 0747573999
Born in East Africa, Yusuf has few qualms about the journey he is about to make. It never occurs to him to ask why he is accompanying Uncle Aziz or why the trip has been organised so suddenly, and he does not think to ask when he will be returning. But the truth is that his 'uncle' is a rich and powerful merchant and Yusuf has been pawned to him to pay his father's debts.
Paradise is the story of Yusuf's coming of age against the backdrop of an Africa of myth, dreams and Biblical and Koranic tradition, growing corrupt with violence and the influence of colonialism.
"An aural history of a lost Africa... Tangling travel adventures, social documentary, political indictment and a doomed love story... 'Paradise' is alive with the unexpected. In it, an obliterated world is enthrallingly retrieved."
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