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The Shadow of a Smile

The Shadow of a Smile (Paperback)

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Torn from his father and a loving sister, the young student Zuba is imprisoned for a crime he has not even thought about committing. His misfortune: to live in a world where corruption is rife and honest and law-abiding people are crushed by the wheels of a blind, unscrupulous bureaucracy. What seems at first to be an irksome judiciary misunderstanding gradually becomes a journey through the hell of Nigerian prisons. Only by showing the utmost daring and integrity will Zuba be able to regain his freedom. Funny, crude, poignant, Kachi Ozumba's debut novel reveals the darker side of a country striving to consolidate democracy after years of dictatorship and tribal in-fighting. There is as much of "The Shawshank Redemption" in this story as there is Don Quixote, and lovers of Chinua Achebe, Ben Okri and J.M. Coetzee will also find much to delight and inspire them.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Alma Books Ltd Publication Date: 11/08/2009 ISBN-13: 9781846880896  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Kachi A. Ozumba was born in Nigeria in 1972. He is a winner of the Arts Council England's Decibel Penguin Short Story Prize. His stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and have appeared in many journals and anthologies. He lives in Newcastle, where he is pursuing a research degree in literature and creative writing while working on his next novel.

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