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The Raw Man

(2011)
A novel by

 
It begins with a journey. In a resurrected bungalow on the edge of the fledgling nation of Zimbabwe, Sergeant Gordon's story has come to rest. He has borne it across drought-blasted floodplains and highlands, fleeing the copper mine which was his prison for many years. Back there in the underground darkness his story first took form, told as it came to him: in patterns and pieces, forwards and backwards in time, until it became a breathing, speaking entity, moving out through the tunnels. In sections oscillating between the material and spiritual worlds we learn Gordon's story in reverse, from the military, to adolescent rebellion, a patchwork education and the brutal initiations of youth; back to childhood, birth and beyond. We travel the scarred landscapes of Southern Africa: a fractured region contending with its own history and a terrible present reality. Gordon must do the same; reading the blood stories of those he meets, uncovering in visions the secrets of his own ancestry. "The Raw Man" is a unique and powerful first novel, a mixing of reality and myth and histories real and imagined. It is a story which has never before been told, a conjuring of an extraordinary place and time which reverberates beyond the pages. Reminiscent in its intensity to Joseph Conrad, in its scope to J. M. Coetzee, and in its storytelling to Jorge Luis Borges, "The Raw Man" is a revelatory work of fiction, and one that is impossible to forget.

Genre: Fantasy
 
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Hardback Editions

April 2012 : UK Hardback
Title: The Raw Man
Author(s): George Makana Clark
ISBN: 1-4448-1063-4 / 978-1-4448-1063-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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April 2011 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Raw Man
Author(s): George Makana Clark
ISBN: 0-224-09046-1 / 978-0-224-09046-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

June 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Raw Man
Author(s): George Makana Clark
ISBN: 0-09-954878-X / 978-0-09-954878-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

June 2011 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Raw Man
Author(s): George Makana Clark
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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