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.
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.