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The Old Drift
The Old Drift
Serpell, Namwali, 1980-2019
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On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus that calls itself man’s greatest nemesis. The tale? A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. The moral? To err is human. In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families (black, white, brown) as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. As the generations pass, their lives – their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes – form a symphony about what it means to be human. From a woman covered with hair and another plagued with endless tears, to forbidden love affairs and fiery political ones, to homegrown technological marvels like Afronauts, microdrones and viral vaccines – this gripping, unforgettable novel sweeps over the years and the globe, subverting expectations along the way. Exploding with colour and energy, The Old Drift is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time.
Main title:
The Old Drift / Namwali Serpell.
AUTHOR:
Imprint:
London : Hogarth/Vintage, 2019.©2019
Collation:
566 pages : genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
Awards:
Winner of the 2020 Arthur C Clarke Award for Science-Fiction
ISBN:
9781781090503 (paperback)
Dewey class:
813.6
Language:
English
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult FictionSERPOnloan - Due: 24 Dec 2020
Sandringham LibraryAdult FictionSERPUnavailable due to Sandringham Library Building Project until the end of 2020. (Set: 14 Jul 2019)
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