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1 M.G. Vassanji
The Assassin's Song: A Novel
Penguin/Viking; New Delhi, India; 2007; 0670081264 / 9780670081264; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The Assassin’s Song is a stunning evocation of the physical and emotional landscape of a man caught between filial obligation and personal yearning, between the ancient and the modern. It is the story of Karsan Dargawalla, the estranged elder son of the Saheb of Pirbaag, and of Nur Fazal, a mysterious thirteenth-century sufi saint. In the aftermath of the Gujarat violence of 2002, Karsan, heir to the now destroyed Pirbaag, shrine to the medieval sufi, begins to recall not only the rich history of his forefathers and his beloved Pirbaag but also the bittersweet journey that took him from his dusty village in Gujarat to the ivy covered campus of Harvard, and from the halls of academia to the blissful reverie of North American suburbia. Drawn back to where it all began, Karsan finds that in the circle of life, he forged his own identity independent of his father’s position and Pirbaag; lost and rediscovered his faith; watched his family be ripped apart by abandonment and death; and now, as he slowly remembers the bol of his forefathers and sings the ginans of Pirbaag, it is redemption that he seeks. But as he picks up the threads of a life he rejected decades ago, Karsan realizes there may be no absolution. A novel of grand historical sweep and intricate personal drama, The Assassin’s Song is a heartbreaking ballad of life irrevocably tainted by the bigotry of narrow thought and rigid faith. Printed Pages: 384. 021121

Price: 11.25 USD
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2 M.G. Vassanji
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2004; 0670058041 / 9780670058044; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
It is 1953 in colonial Kenya, and eight-year-old Vikram Lall witnesses the celebration of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, even as the Mau Mau guerilla war challenges British rule. Vic and his sister Deepa, whose grandfather came to Kenya from Punjab to build the railways, must find their place in this uncertain world of violent upheaval, confusing loyalties and conflicting ideologies. And among their newly acquired playmates, the brother and sister, neither Black nor White, find themselves in between British Bill and Annie, and the African Njoroge. These friendships will haunt them the rest of their lives. We follow Vic from the changing Africa of the fifties, to the sixties—a time that holds immense promise. But when that hope is betrayed by the corruption, fear and repression of the seventies and eighties, Vic finds himself drawn into the official orbit of graft and power-brokering. Njoroge, on the other hand, can abandon neither the idealism of his youth nor his love for Deepa. Neither the cynicism of the one nor the idealism of the other can avert the tragedies that await. Acute and bittersweet, vividly portrayed and finely nuanced, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall is told in the voice of the exiled Vic from the shores of Lake Ontario, as he contemplates the historical events that have shaped him—`one of Africa's most corrupt men'—and the choices he has made. Printed Pages: 416. 009332

Price: 9.95 USD
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