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Tales of the Metric System: A Novel (Modern African Writing Series)

Imraan Coovadia

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ISBN 10: 082142226X / ISBN 13: 9780821422267
Published by Ohio University Press, 2016
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Title: Tales of the Metric System: A Novel (Modern ...

Publisher: Ohio University Press

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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In Tales of the Metric System, Coovadia explores a turbulent South Africa from 1970 into the present. He takes his home country's transition from imperial to metric measurements as his catalyst, holding South Africa up and examining it from the diverse perspectives of his many characters. An elite white housewife married to a radical intellectual; a rock guitarist; the same guitarist's granddaughter thirty years later; a teenaged boy at the mercy of mob justice—each story takes place over one of ten days across the decades, and each protagonist has his own stakes, her own moment in time, but each is equally caught in the eddies of change. Tales of the Metric System is clear eyed, harrowing, and daring.

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Imraan Coovadia, born in Durban, South Africa, attended Harvard, studied writing at Cornell, and is currently teaching at Clark University. "The Wedding" is his first novel. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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