Search Sweet Country

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Search Sweet Country—one of the greatest novels ever to come out of the African continent—follows the lives of an eclectic and inextricably interconnected group of Ghanaians living in and around the sprawling, chaotic city of Accra in the mid-1970s. Bringing to life the bustling markets and bars in dizzying, lyrical prose, Laing weaves a story filled with bizarre and often melancholy characters: an idealistic professor, a lovely young witch, a wide-eyed student, a corrupt politician and his hack sidekick, a ...

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Overview

Search Sweet Country—one of the greatest novels ever to come out of the African continent—follows the lives of an eclectic and inextricably interconnected group of Ghanaians living in and around the sprawling, chaotic city of Accra in the mid-1970s. Bringing to life the bustling markets and bars in dizzying, lyrical prose, Laing weaves a story filled with bizarre and often melancholy characters: an idealistic professor, a lovely young witch, a wide-eyed student, a corrupt politician and his hack sidekick, a business-savvy young woman, a healer, a bishop, a crazy man intent on founding his own village. Their collective narratives create a portrait of a country where colonialism is dying, but democracy remains elusive.

Search Sweet Country is a timeless, near-forgotten gem by a virtuosic writer whose bold and bawdy voice and deep wisdom are as necessary now as they were when the book was first published. Like Joyce’s Dublin and Dickens’s London, Laing’s Accra brims with both lush specificity and universal relevance. First published in 1986, this new edition comes beautifully packaged and with a foreword by Binyavanga Wainaina, winner of the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing, and director of the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Literature and Languages at Bard College.

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Editorial Reviews

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Set in Ghana in 1975, Laing's intricate, beautifully rambling novel follows Beni Baidoo and a tangle of characters through an overlapping series of events and undertakings in the city of Accra. The story revolves loosely around Beni's desire to found a village, and though the plot is occasionally overwhelmed by description and digressions, vivid prose and singular characters more than make up for any narrative fogginess. Most things in this book—from buildings to forests—have a distinctly human cast, and Accra itself is as much a character as it is a place. Against this bustling backdrop, Laing weaves together philosophical musings on the uses of time, history, magic, forgiveness, justice, and national identity, lightening often somber subjects with bawdy humor. The abrupt shifts in tone create an atmosphere of simultaneity, gathering contradictions—and divers narrative threads—into concert in denial of permanence or stability. Insisting on the multivalence of humanity is certainly not a new idea, but the power of Laing's writing and the complexity of his subject—a country rising out of colonialism and looking to the future—make for a compelling and rewarding read. Originally published in 1986, this lovely new edition returns it to print. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936365227
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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