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Where The Air Is Sweet

A Novel

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An epic saga that charts three generations of an Indian family in Uganda

In 1972, dictator Idi Amin expelled 80,000 South Asians from Uganda. Though many had lived in East Africa for generations, they were given ninety days to flee as their country descended into a surreal vortex of chaos and murder.

Spanning the years between 1921 and 1975, Where the Air Is Sweet tells the story of Raju, a young Indian man drawn to Africa by the human impulse to seek a better life, and the two generations that follow him and carve a niche for themselves in a racially stratified colonial and post-colonial society. This is the story of a family: their loves, their griefs and their sudden expulsion by one of the world’s most terrifying tyrants.

“Beautifully written and brimming with intelligence. A wonderful debut.” —Katrina Onstad, author of the Giller Prize nominee Everybody Has Everything

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 09, 2014 – "It's a beautiful feeling to have power." This line uttered gently in a driving lesson early on in Jamal's debut novel about family and love hints at another darker theme the unbreakable and destructive force of power. In 1921, 20-year old Raju leaves his hometown of Malia, India and embarks on a journey that leads him to Mbarara, Uganda, which becomes home to three generations of his family. After 50 years in Uganda, however, life for Raju's family takes a turn for the worse when dictator General Idi Amin begins voicing his hatred for Asians and soon gives Asian non-Ugandan citizens 90 days to leave Uganda for good. Jamal's narrative explores the 1972 expulsion of 80,000 Asians from Uganda from the perspective of this family. As Raju and his family struggle to understand what is happening with the only country they truly know and love, they come up with a plan to leave Uganda and start a new life in Canada. Prior to writing this novel, Jamal spent more than a decade working as an editor for The Globe and Mail and the National Post, and she describes the expulsion in a journalistic style that forms a powerful backdrop for the story. Agent: Dean Cooke, The Cooke Agency\tThe
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Jun 03, 2014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Seller: Harper Collins Canada Limited
  • Print Length: 384 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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