A Line in the River: Khartoum, City of Memory

A Line in the River: Khartoum, City of Memory

by Jamal Mahjoub

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Overview

'A travelogue and memoir to rank alongside anything by Chatwin or Thubron' Jim Crace

'A most absorbing and rewarding book' Michael Palin

In 1956, Sudan gained independence from Britain. On the brink of a promising future, it instead descended into civil war and conflict. When the 1989 coup brought a hard-line Islamist regime to power, Jamal Mahjoub's family were among those who fled. Almost twenty years later, he returned.

Rediscovering the city in which his formative years were spent, Mahjoub encounters people and places he left behind. The capital contains the key to understanding Sudan's divided, contradictory nature and while exploring Khartoum's present – its changing identity and shifting moods; its wealthy elite and neglected poor – Mahjoub also delves into the country's troubled history. His search for answers evolves into a thoughtful meditation on the meaning of identity, both personal and national.

A Line in the River combines lyrical and evocative memoir with a nuanced exploration of a country's complex history, politics and religion. The result is both captivating and revelatory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408885482
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 03/08/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Jamal Mahjoub was born in London and grew up in Khartoum, Sudan. Since then he has settled in a number of other cities, including London, Cairo, Aarhus, Barcelona and, more recently, Amsterdam. He is the author of seven novels, and his work has been critically acclaimed and widely translated. He has published a number of crime novels under the pen name Parker Bilal.
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Jamal Mahjoub was born in London and spent his formative years in Khartoum, Sudan. Since then he has settled in a number of cities, including London, Aarhus, Barcelona and, more recently, Amsterdam.

The author of seven novels, his work, fiction and non-fiction, has been critically acclaimed and widely translated. He has published six crime novels featuring private detective Makana, using the pen name Parker Bilal.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1 Always Returning, 2008 7

Part 2 A History of Lost Chapters, 2009 93

Part 3 Divergent City, 2010 163

Part 4 Lines of Separation, 2011 229

Part 5 Parting the Waters, 2012 299

Acknowledgements 379

Credits 381

Index 383

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