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The Book Of Secrets

by M.g. Vassanji

McClelland & Stewart | October 11, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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The Book of Secrets is a spellbinding novel of generations and the sweep of history that begins in 1988 in Dar es Salaam, when the 1913 diary of a British colonial officer is found in a shopkeeper''s back room. The diary enflames the curiosity of a retired schoolteacher, Pius Fernandes, whose obsession with the stories it contains gradually connects the past with the present. Inhabiting the story is a memorable cast of characters, part of an Asian community in East Africa, whose lives and fates we follow over the course of seven decades. Rich in detail and description, M. G. Vassanji''s award-winning novel magnificently conjures setting and the realm of eras past as it explores the state of living in exile from one''s home and from oneself.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.32 × 5.44 × 0.67 in

Published: October 11, 1997

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771087217

ISBN - 13: 9780771087219

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The Book Of Secrets

by M.g. Vassanji

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.32 × 5.44 × 0.67 in

Published: October 11, 1997

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771087217

ISBN - 13: 9780771087219

From the Publisher

The Book of Secrets is a spellbinding novel of generations and the sweep of history that begins in 1988 in Dar es Salaam, when the 1913 diary of a British colonial officer is found in a shopkeeper''s back room. The diary enflames the curiosity of a retired schoolteacher, Pius Fernandes, whose obsession with the stories it contains gradually connects the past with the present. Inhabiting the story is a memorable cast of characters, part of an Asian community in East Africa, whose lives and fates we follow over the course of seven decades. Rich in detail and description, M. G. Vassanji''s award-winning novel magnificently conjures setting and the realm of eras past as it explores the state of living in exile from one''s home and from oneself.

About the Author

M.G. VASSANJI is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, and two works of non-fiction. He has won the Giller Prize twice for The Book of Secrets and The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, and the Governor General''s Literary Award for Non-Fiction for A Place Within: Rediscovering India. His other novels include The Gunny Sack, No New Land, Amriika, The Assassin''s Song, and, most recently, The Magic of Saida. He was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania, and attended university in the United States. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons. www.mgvassanji.com

From Our Editors

Dar es Salaam, 1988. A 75-year-old British colonial officer's diary shows up in a shopkeeper's back room. Retired schoolteacher Pius Fernandes becomes obsessed with its contents. Past becomes present as we follow the lives and fates of a colourful East African Asian community over seven decades. Winner of the Giller Prize, The Book of Secrets explores the state of living in exile from one's home and oneself.

Editorial Reviews

   • "Part generational history, part detective story, part social chronicle, the novel is a ''living tapestry to join the past to the present.''" -- Giller Prize jury citation, Alice Munro, Mordecai Richler, and David Staines


   • "Fact and fiction are melded into a compelling narrative which transcends reality and nourishes both mind and spirit. . . . [Vassanji] captures both the minute ripples of individual human motivations and the broad sweep of that grim machine we call history." -- Ottawa Citizen


   • "Vassanji captures a wide and authentic perspective that ranks with V. S. Naipaul and Graham Greene. -- The Times


   • "A vivid portrait of time and place." -- Montreal Gazette


   • "A love affair with the past...an exquisite, tender, and possibly great novel." -- The New Yorker
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