In his stunning debut of stories, Jules S. Damji explores the social ethos of an immigrant Asian community set in the early 1960s through to the 1970s, a decade of immense political changes that marked many people's lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Starting with Mango Tree, a metaphor of stability which embodies a center around which a community revolves, only to be seen destroyed and a way of life lost; Caretaker tenderly reveals the hidden and wretched historical past of a man dedicated to service his community; the nefarious characters in Middlemen are a poignant reminder of human flaws: graft, greed, manipulation, lust, and power; family relationships in Marxist and His Sister and A Household Divided wickedly and woefully capture the predicament universally endured by so many when an ideology is embraced to the point of fault; Oyster Bay and Freedom Fighter is a cry for breaking away and a genesis of a writer; and ending with Family Reunion, a glimpse into the narrator's desire to illuminate his fading past. Sometimes with strokes of simple and lucid prose that tugs your heart, other times with cool detachment and assured maturity that bucks your sensibility, Mr. Damji masterfully chronicles a slice of history through the tragically comic fictional characters set in Dar es Salaam's residential district of Upanga, a setting intimately familiar to him.
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 15th November 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32