The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M.G. Vassanji
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Vikram Lall comes of age in 1950s Kenya, at the same time that the colony is struggling towards independence. Against the unsettling backdrop of Mau Mau violence, Vic and his sister Deepa, the grandchildren of an Indian railroad worker, search for their place in a world sharply divided between Kenyans and the British. We follow Vic from a changing Africa in the fifties, to the hope of the sixties, and through the corruption and fear of the seventies and eighties. Hauntingly told in the voice of the now exiled Vic, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall is an acute and bittersweet novel of identity and family, of lost love and abiding friendship, and of the insidious legacy of the British Empire.


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About M.G. Vassanji

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M. G. Vassanji is the author of six previous novels: The Gunny Sack, which won a regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize; No New Land; The Book of Secrets, which won the very first Giller Prize; Amriika; The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, which also received the Giller Prize; and, most recently, The Assassin's Song. He is also the author of two short-story collections, a travel memoir about India, and a biography of Mordecai Richler. He lives in Toronto.












Author Residence: Toronto, Canada












Author Hometown: Kenya
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 419 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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As an Indian child growing up in 1950s Kenya, Vikram Lall is at the center of two warring worlds—one of childhood innocence, the other "a colonial world of repressive, undignified subject

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As its title suggests, 'the in-between world of Vikram Lall' is also an 'acknowledgment of identity, history and heritage', a complex story told by an outsider who finds himself caught up in the upheaval that attends Kenya's terrorist war of independence.

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Sometimes Vassanji's image of the corrupt African politician - lugging a suitcase full of cash - verges on cliché, but his use of real political figures is daring.

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India Today

It is the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II, the Mau Mau struggle for independence from Britain had begun to take shape and Vic is eight.

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