A morning at the office

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Heinemann, 1974 - Fiction - 246 pages
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The Office the Key the OfficeBoy the Door
The Sweeper a Nib the Assistant Accountant
The Chief AccountantcumAssistant Manager

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About the author (1974)

Of mixed Swiss and Creole heritage, Mittelholzer decided at an early age to become a writer. His works represent the personal struggle between a sense of identification with European culture and a sense of identity as a West Indian. He was the first writer of his generation to emigrate from the West Indies and attempt a career as a serious novelist in England. In his relatively short life, Mittelholzer published 22 novels, as well as other works. Corentyne Thunder (1941) is a traditionally written novel, but it deals with the spiritual schizophrenia of a protagonist torn between two conflicting loyalties. A Morning at the Office (1950) is a coldly objective view of the absurdities of a tightly organized hierarchical colonial society. His Kaywana trilogy---Children of Kaywana (1952), The Harrowing of Hubertus (1954), and Kaywana Blood (1958)---an imaginative account of a proud, violent family---is considered his finest work. Near the end of his life, his works were increasingly concerned with isolation, disintegration, and suicide. Mittelholzer was the first West Indian writer to be awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Writing (1952). He burned himself to death in a field in Surrey, England, in 1965.

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