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Poor Mercy

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"A startling account of the lives of aid workers in Darfur - sophisticated, timely and often entertaining."
Leila Aboulela

Set in Darfur, the novel is a dramatic and tragic story of an improbable love between two people caught up in an African famine: Mogga and Leila, a black and an Arab, should supposedly not even like each other. But, as the country teeters on the edge of catastrophic famine and civil war looms, they cling to each other's dignity, humour and humanity. Both work for the same European aid agency. Both are vulnerable, targets for hatred and resentment. Both are strangely, triumphantly resilient. Based on his own experience of disaster agencies, Falla's novel is fiercely authentic, poignant and darkly witty. As the expatriates bicker, their English team leader struggles to unravel the evil politics behind the famine, and reaches a highly controversial decision. But he may not be able to save the local people who have put themselves on the line. The foreigners can always take themselves off home when things go wrong; for the locals, it may already be too late as the book builds towards a terrifying climax. A novel rich in drama and irony, and set in a vast and eerily beautiful landscape.

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Paperback Editions

March 2005 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Poor Mercy
Author(s): Jonathan Falla
ISBN: 1-904598-28-5 / 978-1-904598-28-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited
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Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Poor Mercy
Author(s): Jonathan Falla
Publisher: Polygon
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May 2011 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Poor Mercy
Author(s): Jonathan Falla
Publisher: Birlinn
Availability: Amazon UK   

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