On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean. With him he has a small bag in which. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport. Close reading of By the Sea. Chelsea Haith. The analysis is of the following paragraph from Abdulrazak Gurnah’s By the Sea (The New Press.

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The sea of the title is both the literal sea that Saleh lives beside – first the Indian Ocean, then the sea off a nameless English seaside town – and the sea-as-metaphor, profound, protean.

I would certainly recommend this book to any interested in the life of refugees or anyone after a light but good read. Nov 20, Fathima Cader rated it really liked it Shelves: While we have you Just as the novel’s underlying plot-line is deceptively simple, its early phase includes a pat, whistlestop exposition of the debates surrounding asylum-seekers and refugees, as told by a character called Kevin Edelman, an immigration official at Gatwick airport.

Jan 09, Michael Shea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Overall, a book that needs every word read. I found myself constantly switching allegiance.

Since his home country was once a British possession, he qualifies for asylum—yet, he is traveling on a fake passport. It is a story of love and betrayal, of seduction and of possession, and of a people desperately trying to find stability amidst the maelstrom of their times. Jan 22, Melodyredford rated it it was amazing. It is the fixed perspective of exile that motors this, his sixth novel: Two Paths for the Personal Essay The personal essay is not dead, but has it traded Behind the scene, pulling the strings, is Hussein, who both entrances and tricks, then disappears home to Persia to let things fall out as they may.



Merve EmreDeborah Chasman. Leila rated it really liked it Dec 19, By the Sea Abdulrazak Gurnah No preview available – In the novel he flashes back to his life growing up in Zanzibar by the sea and to the events that led up to him having to run Interesting book though a bit bby.

One of my favorites. The room was now in the lingering dusk of an English summer evening, a light which at first made me anxious and irresolute but which I was learning to tolerate. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He arrives in England and seeks asylum. Getting out, he starts over, only to be threatened by Latif’s brother, Hassan.

Meanwhile, poet and professor Latif Mahmud, also from Zanzibar, having been alerted by the authorities that a fellow Zanzibari might need help with translation, looks back at his own past. This is an example of how good writing can turn a simple plot into a wonderful reading experience.

Wandering through Saleh Omar’s memories and Latif Mahmud’s accusations, Abdulrazak Gurnah reminds you again and again that what you perceive as a child may not always be true. Open Preview See a Problem? Oct 25, Katie added it. However, in this one we get to see the European settlers point of view, which is very interesting. And he presents an asylum-seeker, labelling him, and that way reducing him, before giving him voice.

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It’s a land where Bantu roots and Islam have intertwined since the tenth century. He is a raiiya, a citizen, of Zanzibar, an island of the coast gurnwh continental Africa. Jun 29, Pbl added it. As one character puts it: He used to own a furniture shop, have a house and be a husband and father, but now he is an asylum seeker from paradise; silence his only protection.

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The personal essay abdulraazak not dead, but has it traded Abdulrazak Gurnah was born in in Zanzibar and lives in England, where he teaches at the University of Kent. Rewriting Poland Marta Figlerowicz. The novel is a reinvention as much as a remembrance of things past, with the author as latter-day Shahrazad, staving off the reader’s final judgment. Account Options Sign in.

Think of the Babylonian epic Gilgamesh, now 5, years old and dense as ever with revelations; or the Odyssey actually, Homer is said to have filched scenes from Gilgamesh. For me it’s a bit special, as I know the author in person, so I had that connection in the first place. A story of family torn apart thanks to the trickery of a foreign tradesman, ego, and a thirst for revenge- and instructive on how seemingly daily happenings on the sex can reverberate for many years.

Nor is the refugee only a victim: