The Disappearance

The Disappearance

by David Dabydeen
     
 

This novel that echoes the styles of Joseph Conrad and V. S. Naipaul follows a young Guyanese engineer appointed to help save and shore up a Kent coastal village's sea defenses, and his relationship with the old woman with whom he lodges. Learning more about the village's history through his relationship with Mrs. Rutherford, the narrator discovers that underlying

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Overview

This novel that echoes the styles of Joseph Conrad and V. S. Naipaul follows a young Guyanese engineer appointed to help save and shore up a Kent coastal village's sea defenses, and his relationship with the old woman with whom he lodges. Learning more about the village's history through his relationship with Mrs. Rutherford, the narrator discovers that underlying the village's Englishness is a latent violence that echoes the imperial past, forcing him to not only reconsider his perceptions of himself and his native Guyana, but also to examine the connection between land and memory.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Dabydeen is a poet as well as a novelist, and his language transcends the discordant unwholesomeness of the England he describes. Such startling imagery gives Disappearance a perky beauty softening its stark message." —The Sunday Times

"His 'condition of England' novel is both provocative and accomplished." —The Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781845230142
Publisher:
Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
Publication date:
08/01/2005
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

David Dabydeen is the author of Coolie Odyssey, The Counting House, A Harlot's Progress, Hogarth's Blacks, The Intended, Slave Song, and Turner.

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