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Abyssinian Chronicles (1998) [Novel]
by Moses Isegawa Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Like an African Midnight's Children or One Hundred Years of Solitude, this epic generational saga set in Uganda tells a story of the twentieth century that is seminal in its scope and vision. Moses Isegawa's unforgettable tale is centered around the coming-of-age of Mugezi, a charming and quick-witted young man who manages to make it through the hellish reign of Idi Amin and experiences firsthand the most crushing aspects of Ugandan society. He withstands his distant father's oppression, his mother's cruelty in the name of Catholic zeal, and the ravages of war, poverty, and AIDS. Through it all he is miraculously able to keep a hopeful and even occasionally bemused outlook on life. In the end his hard-won observations form a cri de coeur for a people shaped by the untold losses of the postcolonial African experience. Mugezi's odyssey, from a small rural community to the city of Kampala and, ultimately, across the borders of Uganda, is a riveting work from a powerful, passionate, and humorous new literary voice.

Original title: Abessijnse kronieken
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalAfrica

Edition #1: Abyssinian Chronicles

Abyssinian Chronicles (1998)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "As Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children was for modern India, Abyssinian Chronicles will likely prove to be a breakthrough book for Uganda. " Time Out Magazine
  • "His story has a strange amoral power, an immediacy and raw energy that capture the mood of the times." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
  • "Precious few first novels are as phatasmagoric or as haunting as this one." Time
  • "One of the most sensitive and encompassing portraits of modern African society to date. At this novelís conclusion, the lingering question concerns what more its gifted author might have to tell us." The Times Literary Supplement
  • "Overall, one of the most impressive works of fiction to have ever come out of Africa. A spectacular debut performance." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Isegawa's unwieldy first novel sags under the weight of the multiple, competing strands of narrative, both familial and national, and it's the explosive social landscape that's ultimately more interesting." Anderson Tepper, Salon
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Abyssinian Chronicles (November 13, 2001)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
ISBN: 0375705775
Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.7 x 1.0
Pages: 480

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