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Sweet and Sour Milk

(The first book in the Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship series)
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Winner of the 1980 English-Speaking Union Literary Award

The first novel in Farah's universally acclaimed Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship trilogy, Sweet and Sour Milk chronicles one man's search for the reasons behind his twin brother's violent death during the 1970s. The atmosphere of political tyranny and repression reduces our hero's quest to a passive and fatalistic level; his search for reasons and answers ultimately becomes a search for meaning. The often detective-story-like narrative of this novel thus moves on a primarily interior plane as "Farah takes us deep into territory he has charted and mapped and made uniquely his own" (Chinua Achebe).


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Hardback Editions

November 1979 : UK Hardback

Title: Sweet and Sour Milk
Author(s): Nuruddin Farah
ISBN: 0-85031-294-9 / 978-0-85031-294-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allison & Busby
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Paperback Editions

May 1992 : USA Paperback

Title: Sweet and Sour Milk (Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship)
Author(s): Nuruddin Farah
ISBN: 1-55597-159-8 / 978-1-55597-159-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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November 1980 : UK Paperback

Title: Sweet and Sour Milk (African Writers Series)
Author(s): Nuruddin Farah
ISBN: 0-435-90226-1 / 978-0-435-90226-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Heinemann International Literature & Textbooks
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