Measuring Time

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 28, 2008 - Fiction - 384 pages
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In the small Nigerian village of Keti live Mamo and LaMamo, twin sons of a domineering father. When one day the boys try and escape the village, only LaMamo succeeds – and in time becomes a soldier well-versed in the ways of life and death.

Mamo, too sickly to leave, remains in Keti finding solace in the arms of Zara while watching impotently as his detested father grows powerful and corrupt. Unable to wield a weapon, Mamo instead reaches for a pen and soon begins to write the true history of Keti and its people – all the time awaiting the return of his beloved brother, LaMamo ...

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A remarkable piece of work by Habila. His prose is lyrically attractive, poetic, a canvas of colours playing with some trompe l'oeil techniques and intertextual references from various authors. It's ... Read full review

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Yes. Yes. and Yes. I deeply appreciated that Habila is an African writer, telling stories from an African perspective. This emic perspective adds relevance to the story that is missing when the story ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Helon Habila was born in Nigeria in 1967. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2001 for the opening section of his first book, Waiting for an Angel, which then went on to win the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region, in 2003. He was previously Writer-in-Residence at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. He now teaches creative writing at the George Mason University, in Virginia. He divides his time between America and Nigeria.

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