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This novel that echoes the styles of Joseph Conrad and V. S. Naipaul follows a young Guyanese engineer appointed to help save and shore up a Kent coastal village's sea defenses, and his relationship with the old woman with whom he lodges. Learning more about the village's history through his relationship with Mrs. Rutherford, the narrator discovers that underlying the village's Englishness is a latent violence that echoes the imperial past, forcing him to not only reconsider his perceptions of himself and his native Guyana, but also to examine the connection between land and memory.
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David Dabydeen is the author of Coolie Odyssey, The Counting House, A Harlot's Progress, Hogarth's Blacks, The Intended, Slave Song, and Turner.
"Dabydeen is a poet as well as a novelist, and his language transcends the discordant unwholesomeness of the England he describes. Such startling imagery gives Disappearance a perky beauty softening its stark message." —The Sunday Times
"His 'condition of England' novel is both provocative and accomplished." —The Times Literary Supplement
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Book Description Vintage, 1999. Paperback. Condition: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Seller Inventory # CHL2718376
Book Description Vintage, 1999. Soft cover. Condition: Good. 0099288885. Seller Inventory # 167750