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Mrs. Shaw: A Novel (Modern African Writing Series)
by Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ

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    Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9780821421437
    Imprint: Ohio University Press
    Publisher: Ohio University Press
    Parent Company: Ohio University
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    In the East African Kwatee Republic of the 1990s, the dictatorship is about to fall, and the nation’s exiles are preparing to return. One of these exiles, a young man named Kalumba, is a graduate student in the United States, where he encounters Mrs. Shaw, a professor emerita and former British settler who fled Kwatee’s postcolonial political and social turmoil. Kalumba’s girlfriend, too, is an exile: a Puerto Rican nationalist like her imprisoned father, she is an outcast from the island. Brought together by a history of violence and betrayals, all three are seeking a way of regaining their humanity, connecting with each other, and learning to make a life in a new land. Kalumba and Mrs. Shaw, in particular, are linked by a past rooted in colonial and postcolonial oppression, yet they are separated by their differing accounts of what really happened.

    The memory of each is subject to certain lapses, whether selective or genuine. Even when they agree on the facts?be they acts of love, of betrayal, or of violence?each narrator shapes the story in his own way, by what is left in and what is left out, by what is remembered and what is forgotten.


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