The Old Drift : Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2020

The Old Drift : Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2020

Details

Author(s)
Namwali Serpell
Format
Paperback | 576 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 34mm | 453g
Publication date
19 Mar 2020
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Imprint
VINTAGE
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
1784703990
ISBN13
9781784703998
Bestsellers rank
4,298

Description

Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2020
'The great African novel of the twenty-first century' Tade Thompson

On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift.

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 his fate with those of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy.

So begins a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond.

'Extraordinary, ambitious, evocative, dazzling' Salman Rushdie

'Brilliant . . . heartbreaking' Sunday Times

'Electric . . . Serpell is a major talent' Financial Times

'Charming, heartbreaking and breathtaking' Carmen Maria Machado

Longlisted for the Debut Crown Historical Writers Association Award 2019
Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 2019


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