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The author of the book: M.G. Vassanji
Edition: Hamish Hamilton
Date of issue: January 1st 2015
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M.G. Vassanji was born in East Africa, and like many East African Indians of his generation, he emigrated to the West and made a life for himself there. But Africa remained his primal home – the land whose colours and smells most beckoned to him, the land in which his family roots went deepest. In And Home Was Kariakoo he travels to this homeland to draw a vivid portrait of East Africa today – always the melting pot of Asia, Africa and Arabia – and tells the story of the Gujarati Indians of that region for whom Africa is both home and not home. Entwined through his accounts is the story of Vassanji’s own childhood in Dar es Salaam. Part memoir, part travelogue, part history, And Home Was Kariakoo is an insightful, thoughtful, deeply moving meditation on the Indians of East Africa and what it means to call a place one’s home. It is yet another masterpiece from one of our finest writers.
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Read information about the authorMoyez G. Vassanji was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania. Before coming to Canada in 1978, he attended MIT and the University of Pennsylvania, where he specialized in theoretical nuclear physics. From 1978-1980 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Atomic Energy of Canada, and from 1980 to 1989 he was a research associate at the University of Toronto. During this period he developed a keen interest in medieval Indian literature and history, co-founded and edited a literary magazine (The Toronto South Asian Review, later renamed The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad), and began writing stories and a novel. In 1989, with the publication of his first novel, The Gunny Sack, he was invited to spend a season at the International Writing Program of the University of Iowa. That year ended his active career in nuclear physics. His contributions there he considers modest, in algebraic models and high spin states. The fact that he was never tenured he considers a blessing for it freed him to pursue his literary career.
Vassanji is the author of six novels and two collections of short stories. His work has appeared in various countries and several languages. His most recent novel, The Assassin's Song, was short-listed for both the Giller Prize and the Governor-General's Prize for best novel in Canada. It has appeared in the US (Knopf) and India (Penguin) and is scheduled to appear in the UK (Canongate).
His wife, Nurjehan, was born in Tanzania. They have two sons, Anil, and Kabir. He lives in Toronto, and visits Africa and India often.
Awards: Giller Prize, twice; Harbourfront Festival Prize; Commonwealth First Book Prize (Africa); Bressani Prize. Order of Canada.
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