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Gravel heart
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Published:
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
261 pages ; 20 cm.
Status:
1 copy, 1 person is on the wait list.
Description

Salim has always known that his father does not want him. Living with his parents and his adored Uncle Amir in a house full of secrets, he is a bookish child, a dreamer haunted by night terrors. It is the 1970s and Zanzibar is changing. Tourists arrive, the island's white sands obscuring the memory of recent conflict--the longed-for independence from British colonialism swiftly followed by bloody revolution. When his father moves out, retreating into disheveled introspection, Salim is confused and ashamed. His mother does not discuss the change, nor does she explain her absences with a strange man; silence is layered on silence. When glamorous Uncle Amir, now a senior diplomat, offers Salim an escape, the lonely teenager travels to London for college. But nothing has prepared him for the biting cold and seething crowds of this hostile city. Struggling to find a foothold, and to understand the darkness at the heart of his family, he must face devastating truths about those closest to him--and about love, sex, and power. Evoking the immigrant experience with unsentimental precision and profound understanding, Gravel Heart is a powerfully affecting story of isolation, identity, belonging, and betrayal.

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Language:
English
ISBN:
9781408881309, 1408881306, 9781408881330, 1408881330, 9781639730018, 163973001X

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"The Nobel Prize 2021"--Cover.
Description
Salim has always known that his father does not want him. Living with his parents and his adored Uncle Amir in a house full of secrets, he is a bookish child, a dreamer haunted by night terrors. It is the 1970s and Zanzibar is changing. Tourists arrive, the island's white sands obscuring the memory of recent conflict--the longed-for independence from British colonialism swiftly followed by bloody revolution. When his father moves out, retreating into disheveled introspection, Salim is confused and ashamed. His mother does not discuss the change, nor does she explain her absences with a strange man; silence is layered on silence. When glamorous Uncle Amir, now a senior diplomat, offers Salim an escape, the lonely teenager travels to London for college. But nothing has prepared him for the biting cold and seething crowds of this hostile city. Struggling to find a foothold, and to understand the darkness at the heart of his family, he must face devastating truths about those closest to him--and about love, sex, and power. Evoking the immigrant experience with unsentimental precision and profound understanding, Gravel Heart is a powerfully affecting story of isolation, identity, belonging, and betrayal.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Gurnah, A. (2018). Gravel heart. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Gurnah, Abdulrazak, 1948-. 2018. Gravel Heart. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Gurnah, Abdulrazak, 1948-, Gravel Heart. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Gurnah, Abdulrazak. Gravel Heart. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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