The Counting House / Edition 3

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Overview

Issues of caste, slavery, racism, and the immigrant experience in the early 19th century are addressed in this novel. Rohini and Vidia, a young married couple struggling for survival in a small, caste-ridden Indian village are seduced by a recruiter's persuasive talk of easy work and plentiful land. They sign up as indentured laborers to go to British Guiana and discover their harsh fate as "bound coolies" in a country only just emerging from the savage brutalities of slavery. In their problematic encounters with the Afro-Guyanese, hostile to immigrant labor, they confront the truths of their uprooted condition and learn to live with their fate.

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"The best of the younger generation of Caribbean novelists, writing powerfully of the immigrant experience." —Penelope Lively, author, Moon Tiger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845230159
  • Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 179
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

David Dabydeen is the director of the Center for Caribbean Studies and a professor at the Center for British Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick. He is also Guyana's ambassador-at-large and a member of UNESCO's executive board. He is the author of A Harlot's Progress and Turner, and the poetry collection Slave Song, which won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.

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