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The Last Gift: A Novel
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The Last Gift: A Novel (Paperback)

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One day, long before

the troubles, he slipped away without saying a word to anyone and never went

back. And then another day, forty three years later, he collapsed just inside

the front door of his house in a small English town. It was late in the day

when it happened, on his way home after work, but it was also late in the day

altogether. He had left things for too long and there was no one to blame for

it but himself.Abbas has never told anyone about his past -

before he was a sailor on the high seas, before he met his wife Maryam outside

a Boots in Exeter, before they settled into a quiet life in Norwich with their

children, Jamal and Hanna. Now, at the age of sixty-three, he suffers a

collapse that renders him bedbound and unable to speak about things he thought

he would one day have to.Jamal and Hanna have grown up and gone out

into the world. They were both born in England but cannot shake a sense of

apartness. Hanna calls herself Anna now, and has just moved to a new city to be

near her boyfriend. She feels the relationship is headed somewhere serious, but

the words have not yet been spoken out loud. Jamal, the listener of the family,

moves into a student house and is captivated by a young woman with dark-blue

eyes and her own, complex story to tell. Abbas's illness forces both children

home, to the dark silences of their father and the fretful capability of their

mother Maryam, who began life as a foundling and has never thought to find

herself, until now.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 03/05/2011 ISBN-13: 9781408815182  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in 1948 in Zanzibar and teaches at the University of Kent. He is the author of seven novels which include Paradise (shortlisted for both the Booker and the Whitbread Prizes), By the Sea (longlisted for the Booker Prize and awarded the RFI Temoin du monde prize) and Desertion (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize).

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