Where The Air Is Sweet

Paperback | June 3, 2014

byTasneem Jamal

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In 1972, dictator Idi Amin expelled 80,000 South Asians from Uganda. Though many had lived in East Africa for generations, they were forced to flee in ninety days as their country descended into a surreal vortex of chaos and murder.

Spanning the years between 1921 and 1975, Where the Air Is Sweet tells the story of Raju, a young Indian man drawn to Africa by the human impulse to seek a better life, and three generations of his family, who carve a life for themselves in a racially stratified colonial and post-colonial society. Where the Air Is Sweet is the story of a family: their loves, their griefs and, finally, their sudden expulsion at the hands of one of the world's most terrifying tyrants.

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In 1972, dictator Idi Amin expelled 80,000 South Asians from Uganda. Though many had lived in East Africa for generations, they were forced to flee in ninety days as their country descended into a surreal vortex of chaos and murder.Spanning the years between 1921 and 1975, Where the Air Is Sweet tells the story of Raju, a young Indian ...

TASNEEM JAMALwas born in Mbarara, Uganda, and immigrated to Canada with her family in 1975. She has worked as a journalist for over a decade as an editor atThe Globe and Mail,Saturday Nightmagazine and theNational Post. She has written fiction and non-fiction for theToronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad, The Globe and Mail, Sat...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 inPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443408174

ISBN - 13:9781443408172

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“Big of heart and mind, Tasneem Jamal’s powerful debut novel exposes the fragility of belonging and, with its sweeping historical eye, brings home the true meaning of Canada.” —Carrie Snyder, author of Governor General’s Award–nominated The Juliet Stories