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And Home Was Kariakoo

M.G. Vassanji's memoir was a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize.

M.G. Vassanji

Part travelogue, part memoir, and part history-rarely-told, here is a powerful and timely portrait of a constantly evolving land. From a description of Zanzibar and its evolution to a visit to a slave-market town at Lake Tanganyika; from an encounter with a witchdoctor in an old coastal village to memories of his own childhood in the streets of Dar es Salaam and the suburbs of Nairobi, Vassanji combines brilliant prose, thoughtful and candid observation, and a lifetime of revisiting and reassessing the continent that molded him — and, as we discover when we follow the journeys that became this book, shapes him still. (From Anchor Canada)

From the book

From abroad, I often see Africa perceived merely as a place of war, disease and hunger, a sick entity deserving pity and sustenance and all help possible... Seen from the inside, the country is very different... One day I decided I would visit, travel to different corners, experience them and write--not about the country per se, but about myself in it, not as an outside reporting to outsiders, but s someone from here who understood.

From And Home Was Kariakoo by M.G. Vassanji ©2014. Published by Doubleday Canada.