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Abyssinian Chronicles

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Written by Moses IsegawaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Moses Isegawa

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: November 13, 2001
  • Price: $16.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-70577-9 (0-375-70577-5)
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“His story has a strange amoral power, an immediacy and raw energy that capture the mood of the times.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Like an African Midnight’s Children or One Hundred Years of Solitude, this epic generational saga set in Uganda tells a story of the twentieth century that is seminal in its scope and vision. Moses Isegawa’s unforgettable tale is centered around the coming of age of Mugezi, a charming and quick-witted young man who manages to make it through the hellish reign of Idi Amin and experiences firsthand the most crushing aspects of Ugandan society. He withstands his distant father’s oppression and his mother’s cruelty in the name of Catholic zeal, endures the ravages of war, rape, poverty, and AIDS. Through it all he is miraculously able to keep a hopeful and even occasionally bemused outlook on life. In the end his hard-won observations form a cri de coeur for a people shaped by untold losses of the postcolonial African experience.

“Precious few first novels are as phatasmagoric or as haunting as this one.”—Time

“One of the most sensitive and encompassing portraits of modern African society to date. At this novel’s conclusion, the lingering question concerns what more its gifted author might have to tell us.”—The Times Literary Supplement

"Overall, one of the most impressive works of fiction to have ever come out of Africa. A spectacular debut performance.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred)