Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah

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Shortlisted for the 1994 Booker and Whitbread Prizes, this book is set in the decade before World War I, in the garden of a merchant's house on the coast of East Africa. Yusuf is 12 when he is sold into the service of the rich, perfumed merchant whom he has always known as "uncle" Aziz.
 

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Abdulrazak Gurnah teaches literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Hamish Hamilton. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What follows is a series of events and episodes: Yusuf works in Aziz's shop alongside Khalil, a friendly and talkative young man who tells Yusuf he is also working to pay off his father's debts, although his father is dead;

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Gurnah's powerful, ironically titled story evokes the Edenic natural beauty of a continent on the verge of full-scale imperialist takeover by the European powers. Set in Colonial East Africa as Englis

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Gurnah's powerful, ironically titled story evokes the Edenic natural beauty of a continent on the verge of full-scale imperialist takeover by the European powers.

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Both the garden and the great world outside it are equally mysterious.

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