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One Day I Will Write About This Place (Hardcover) Loot Price: R206.00 Discovery Miles 2060 You Save: R34.00 (14%)

One Day I Will Write About This Place (Hardcover)

Binyavanga Wainaina

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Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhod out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colourful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlour, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson - all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister, Jimmy and Ciru. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own. In this vivid and compelling debut, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his failed attempt to study in South Africa, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood. Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. A series of fascinating reporting assignments follows in other African countries. Finally he circles back to a Kenya in the throes of postelection violence and finds he is not the only one questioning the old certainties. Resolutely avoiding stereotype and cliche, Wainaina paints every scene in One Day I Will Write About This Place with a highly distinctive and hugely memorable brush.


Imprint: Granta Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2011
First published: November 2011
Authors: Binyavanga Wainaina
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
ISBN-13: 978-1-84708-021-9
Barcode: 9781847080219
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
Books > Biography
Books > Biography > General
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > General
Books > Humanities > History > African history > From 1900
Books > History > African history > From 1900
Books > Humanities > History > African history > From 1900 > General
Books > History > African history > From 1900 > General
LSN: 1-84708-021-9

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