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The old drift

Author: Namwali Serpell
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families (black, white, brown) as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. As the generations pass, their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Magic realism (Literature)
Fiction
Fantasy fiction
Historical fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Namwali Serpell
ISBN: 9781101907146 1101907142
OCLC Number: 1084681428
Responsibility: Namwali Serpell.

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In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families (black, white, brown) as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. As the generations pass, their lives - their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes - form a symphony about what it means to be human.

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