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Gravel Heart

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
A powerful story of exile, migration, and betrayal, from the Booker Prize - shortlisted author of Paradise.

Salim has always known that his father does not want him. Living with his parents and his adored Uncle Amir in a house full of secrets, he is a bookish child, a dreamer haunted by night terrors. It is the 1970s and Zanzibar is changing. Tourists arrive, the island's white sands obscuring the memory of recent conflict--the longed-for independence from British colonialism swiftly followed by bloody revolution. When his father moves out, retreating into disheveled introspection, Salim is confused and ashamed. His mother does not discuss the change, nor does she explain her absences with a strange man; silence is layered on silence.

When glamorous Uncle Amir, now a senior diplomat, offers Salim an escape, the lonely teenager travels to London for college. But nothing has prepared him for the biting cold and seething crowds of this hostile city. Struggling to find a foothold, and to understand the darkness at the heart of his family, he must face devastating truths about those closest to him--and about love, sex and power. Evoking the immigrant experience with unsentimental precision and profound understanding, Gravel Heart is a powerfully affecting story of isolation, identity, belonging, and betrayal, and Abdulrazak Gurnah's most astonishing achievement.

    

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Hardback Editions

August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Gravel Heart
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
ISBN: 1-63286-813-X / 978-1-63286-813-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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May 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Gravel Heart
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
ISBN: 1-4088-8134-9 / 978-1-4088-8134-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Gravel Heart
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
ISBN: 1-4088-8130-6 / 978-1-4088-8130-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Gravel Heart
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
ISBN: 1-4088-8133-0 / 978-1-4088-8133-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Gravel Heart
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


May 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Gravel Heart
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK