The Old Drift By Namwali Serpell

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  • Book Code: 703
  • ISBN-10: 1101907142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101907146
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  • Book Name: The Old Drift
  • Book Authors: ( i ) Namwali Serpell
  • Book Publisher: Hogarth
  • Publish Date: (March 26, 2019)
  • Page: 576
  • Format: Hand Book
  • Language: English
  • Category: Novel
  • Language: English
  • Book Code: 703
  • ISBN-10: 1101907142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101907146
  • Book Quality: Paperback

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Weight 0.400 kg
Dimensions 12 × 8 × 4 in
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1904. On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there is a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. 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—emerge through a panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction.

From a woman covered with hair and another plagued with endless tears, to forbidden love affairs and fiery political ones, to homegrown technological marvels like Afronauts, microdrones and viral vaccines, this gripping, unforgettable novel is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time.

Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell

NAMWALI SERPELL is a Zambian writer who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award for women writers in 2011 and was selected for the Africa 39, a 2014 Hay Festival project to identify the best African writers under 40. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing. THE OLD DRIFT is her first novel.

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