The old drift : a novel
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Published:
New York : Hogarth, 2019.
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Book
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
566 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm.
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13 copies, 11 people are on the wait list.
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"A dazzling debut, establishing Namwali Serpell as a writer on the world stage."--Salman Rushdie, The New York Times Book Review "Clear-eyed, energetic and richly entertaining."-- The Washington Post 1904. On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there is a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. In a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families (black, white, brown) as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. As the generations pass, their lives--their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes--emerge through a panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. From a woman covered with hair and another plagued with endless tears, to forbidden love affairs and fiery political ones, to homegrown technological marvels like Afronauts, microdrones and viral vaccines, this gripping, unforgettable novel is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time. Praise for The Old Drift "An intimate, brainy, gleaming epic . . . This is a dazzling book, as ambitious as any first novel published this decade." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times " A founding epic in the vein of Virgil's Aeneid . . . though in its sprawling size, its flavor of picaresque comedy and its fusion of family lore with national politics it more resembles Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children ." --The Wall Street Journal "A story that intertwines strangers into families, which we'll follow for a century, magic into everyday moments, and the story of a nation, Zambia." --NPR
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APA Citation (style guide)

Serpell, N. (2019). The old drift: a novel. First edition. New York: Hogarth.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Serpell, Namwali, 1980-. 2019. The Old Drift: A Novel. New York: Hogarth.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Serpell, Namwali, 1980-, The Old Drift: A Novel. New York: Hogarth, 2019.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Serpell, Namwali. The Old Drift: A Novel. First edition. New York: Hogarth, 2019. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9781101907146 (hardcover), 1101907142 (hardcover)

Notes

Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 564-565).
Description
On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus that calls itself man{u2019}s greatest nemesis. The tale? A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. The moral? To err is human. In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families (black, white, brown) as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. As the generations pass, their lives {u2013} their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes {u2013} form a symphony about what it means to be human.