The In-between World of Vikram Lall

Author(s): M.G. Vassanji


Sweeping in scope, both historically and geographically, Vassanji weaves a rich tapestry of vivid characters, real and imagined, in a Kenya poised between colonialism and independence. Vikram Lall, like his adopted country, inhabits an 'in-between world': between the pull of his ancestral home in India and the Kenya he loves passionately; between his tragic past in Africa and an unclear future in Canada; between escape from political terror and a seemingly inevitable return home ... a return that may cost him dearly. A master storyteller, Vassanji intertwines the political and the personal - the rise of the Mau Mau in the last days of imperialism looms large over a plot centring on two love stories and a deep friendship. The result is a sumptuous novel that brilliantly explores the tyranny of history and memory, and questions the individual's role and responsibility in lawless times. First published 2003.


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MG VASSANJI was born in Kenya in 1950 and studied there and in North America, where he earned a PhD in Nuclear Physics. He moved to Toronto in 1980, where he and his wife started a still-running literary magazine in 1981. His 1994 novel The Book of Secrets won him his first Giller Prize, and in 2003 he achieve the unique feat of winning a second Giller Prize for The In-Between Life of Vikram Lall.

General Fields

  • : 9781841956060
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : June 2005
  • : 198mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : M.G. Vassanji
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 813.54
  • : 448
  • : Modern fiction