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The Broken Word An Epic Poem of the British Empire in Kenya, and the Mau Mau Uprising Against It

ISBN: 9780143118091 | 0143118099
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pub. Date: 3/29/2011

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The stunning debut from "one of the best British writers to emerge in the past decade." (Julian Barnes) With a voice that is at once fierce and lyrical, Adam Foulds tells the story of the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule in 1950s Kenya. Tom, a young man who has returned to his family's farm, rapidly becomes caught up in the intensifying events of violence and brutality in a conflict Foulds illustrates as both utterly contemporary and yet deeply burdened by the history of race and empire in this region. The Broken Wordwas the recipient of the Costa (Whitbread) Poetry Award, and Foulds's The Quickening Mazewas a finalist for the Man Booker Prize.


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