Afterlives
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Abdulrazak Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature, "for his uncompromising and compass-ionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents." 

'Afterlives', his latest novel, is set in German-ruled East Africa before and during the First World War. As fate knots three young people together, as they live and work and fall in love, the shadow of a war on another continent lengthens and darkens, ready to snatch them up and carry them away.

  • 'An aural archive of a lost Africa ... alive with the unexpected. In it, an obliterated world is enthrallingly retrieved' (Sunday Times)
  • 'Many layered, violent, beautiful and strange ... a poetic and vividly conjured book about Africa and the brooding power of the unknown'  (Independent on Sunday)
  • 'A powerfully evocative oeuvre that keeps coming back to the same questions, in spare, graceful prose, about the ties that bind and the ties that fray' (Daily Telegraph)
  • 'Afterlives' was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2021.

This Global Book Club Plymouth event is a joint meeting with fellow book lovers in Brest. Please join us to share English and French perspectives on this compelling and moving story.

The meeting is free and open to all. Join using the Zoom link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83438922879?pwd=ZkI1dmRvYXdsdlV5NW0zdWFWcGYvZz09 or email Sue Kay (s.kay@blueyonder.co.uk) for queries.

If you don't have time to read the book, these two reviews give a flavour of it: Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah review – living through colonialism (The Guardian), Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah: Entrancing storytelling and exquisite emotional precision (Evening Standard).


An initiative of Devon Development Education, Global Book Club Plymouth is supported by the University of Plymouth.

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