Uhuru Street: Short Stories

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McClelland & Stewart, 1992 - City and town life - 144 pages
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By the two-time winner of the Giller Prize for his novels "The Book of Secrets and "The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
"Uhuru Street is M.G. Vassanji's stunning book of linked stories, set within the Asian community of Dar es Salaam. With delicate strokes, and with irony and humour, Vassanji brings alive the characters who live and work in the shops and tenements of Uhuru Street; among them: Roshan Mattress, so called because of her free and easy ways; a street-wise orphan fighting for survival; a Goan dressmaker who entertains her employers with local gossip; and a servant who opens up the world for the children in his charge, until he oversteps his bounds and has to leave. As the younger generation searches for a new destiny, and the older fiercely holds on to the past, Uhuru Street" resonates with the moment of moving on, of leaving the place where we have roots, knowing that things will never be the same.

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Contents

In the Quiet of a Sunday Afternoon
1
Alzira
20
For a Shilling
34
Copyright

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M.G. Vassanji was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania. Before coming to Canada in 1978, he attended M.I.T., and later was writer in residence at the University of Iowa. Vassanji is the author of four acclaimed novels: The Gunny Sack (1989), which won a regional Commonwealth Prize; No New Land (1991); The Book of Secrets (1994), which won the very first Giller Prize; and Amriika (1999). He was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize in 1994 in recognition of his achievement in and contribution to the world of letters, and was in the same year chosen as one of twelve Canadians on Macleans Honour Roll.

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