By Moses Isegawa
Like Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, Moses Isegawa's Abyssinian Chronicles tells a riveting tale of twentieth-century Africa that's passionate in imaginative and prescient and breathtaking in scope.
At the heart of this unforgettable story is Mugezi, a tender guy who manages to make it in the course of the hellish reign of Idi Amin and reports firsthand the main crushing elements of Ugandan society: he withstands his far-off father's oppression and his mother's cruelty within the identify of Catholic zeal, endures the ravages of battle, rape, poverty, and AIDS, and but he's capable of retain a hopeful or even sometimes fun outlook on lifestyles. Mugezi's hard-won observations shape a cri de coeur for a humans formed by way of untold losses.
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