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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Part history, part memoir, a moving portrait of Sudan-once the largest, most diverse country in Africa-and its self-destruction.

"A most absorbing and rewarding book." -Michael Palin

"An affecting and heartfelt reminder for those of us who have passed time in Khartoum . . . I have been waiting more than fifty years for this book." -Jim Crace

In 1956, Sudan gained independence from Britain and stood on the brink of a promising future. Instead, it descended into civil war and imploded. The continuing conflict in the western region of Darfur has driven millions from their homes and killed thousands more. Jamal Mahjoub was among those who fled following the coup of 1989. Twenty years later, he returned.

Hoping to pull together the fragments of his British and Sudanese identity into a cohesive whole, he explores his own memories of Khartoum, which leads him into an examination of Sudan's rich past and present. Writing with the lyricism and observation of a novelist, Mahjoub brings colonialism, religion, politics, and memoir together to create a layered and revelatory portrait of a complex country, with his own story at the heart of A Line in the River.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408885468
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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 fiction and nonfiction have been critically acclaimed and widely translated. He has published six crime novels featuring private investigator Makana, using the pen name Parker Bilal. Mahjoub lives in Amsterdam.

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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