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Make Believe: A True Story

Athill, Diana

ISBN 10: 1883642213 / ISBN 13: 9781883642211
Published by Steerforth Press, 1994
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Title: Make Believe: A True Story

Publisher: Steerforth Press

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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On 2nd January 1972, an Englishwoman called Hale Kimga was murdered in Trinidad. A year later, a black American called Hakim Jamal was murdered in Boston. Soon after that a film actress called Jean Seberg killed herself in Paris. Hale and Hakim had lived together since 1969, when he had come to London to write a book, Jean and Hakim had been lovers before he met Hale. The editor of Hakim's book was Diana Athill, a single woman who had worked in publishing for 23 years. Her relationship with Hakim Jamal - the subject of this book - combined intimacy and detachment in an extraordinary way. Her relationship extended to Hale, and for a few bizarre moments to Jean Seberg, but principally it was with Hakim. This book describes these characters and their inter-relationships.

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In Make Believe, Diana Athill, acclaimed author of Instead of a Letter and Stet, remembers her turbulent friendship with Hakim Jamal, a young black convert to the teachings of Malcolm X, whom she met in London in the late 1960s.

Despite a desperately troubled youth, he became an eloquent spokesman for the black underclass, was Jean Seberg's lover and published a book about Malcolm X, before descending into a mania that had him believing he was God. A witness to his struggles, Diana Athill writes with her characteristic honesty about her entanglement with Jamal, Jamal's relationship with the daughter of a British MP, Gail Benson, and the couple's eventual murder.

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