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Samassi by Issaka K. Souare

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Samassi, a young man from one of the French-speaking African countries, secures a scholarship to study in London. Midway through his English language course his scholarship is withdrawn, forcing him to take up jobs to support himself. He graduates and eventually secures a good job -- after several futile attempts. For an African with accent, Samassi's rise in the company is phenomenal. But the more he climbs the corporate ladder, the more he feels out of place. Convinced that his rightful place is in Africa, Samassi returns to live in neighbouring Senegal only to find himself in deep trouble, accused of murder, just a few months after his return. Episodic and full of intense and vivid moments, the author deliberately uses a fragmented and disjointed narrative style to capture the cadences of modern life in London, as seen by Africans.
Release date NZ
March 31st, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
black & white illustrations
Adonis & Abbey Publishers Ltd
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