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The Counting House

The Counting House

(1996)
A novel by

 
Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Issues of caste, slavery, racism, and the immigrant experience in the early 19th century are addressed in this novel. Rohini and Vidia, a young married couple struggling for survival in a small, caste-ridden Indian village are seduced by a recruiter's persuasive talk of easy work and plentiful land. They sign up as indentured laborers to go to British Guiana and discover their harsh fate as "bound coolies" in a country only just emerging from the savage brutalities of slavery. In their problematic encounters with the Afro-Guyanese, hostile to immigrant labor, they confront the truths of their uprooted condition and learn to live with their fate.

 
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Paperback Editions

November 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Counting House
Author(s): David Dabydeen
ISBN: 1-84523-015-9 / 978-1-84523-015-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press
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July 1997 : UK Paperback
Title: The Counting House
Author(s): David Dabydeen
ISBN: 0-09-973221-1 / 978-0-09-973221-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 1996 : UK Paperback
Title: The Counting House
Author(s): David Dabydeen
ISBN: 0-224-04343-9 / 978-0-224-04343-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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