Uhuru Street

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McClelland & Stewart, Sep 4, 2012 - Fiction - 160 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

Foreword
The Beggar
For a Shilling
The Relief from Drill
English Lessons
The Sounds of the Night
Breaking Loose
What Good Times We
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