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Memory of Departure

(1987)
A novel by

 
 
Vehement, comic and shrewd, Abdulrazak Gurnah's first novel is an unwavering contemplation of East African coastal life

Poverty and depravity wreak havoc on Hassan Omar's family. Amid great hardship he decides to escape.

The arrival of Independence brings new upheavals as well as the betrayal of the promise of freedom. The new government, fearful of an exodus of its most able men, discourages young people from travelling abroad and refuses to release examination results. Deprived of a scholarship, Hassan travels to Nairobi to stay with a wealthy uncle, in the hope that he will release his mother's rightful share of the family inheritance.

The collision of past secrets and future hopes, the compound of fear and frustration, beauty and brutality, create a fierce tale of undeniable power.

    

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Hardback Editions

March 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: Memory of Departure
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
ISBN: 0-8021-1018-5 / 978-0-8021-1018-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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April 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: Memory of Departure
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
ISBN: 0-224-02432-9 / 978-0-224-02432-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

April 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Memory of Departure. Two Volumes
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
ISBN: 1-56956-281-4 / 978-1-56956-281-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Edward E Thomas
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Memory of Departure
Author(s): Abdulrazak Gurnah
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
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