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by M.G. Vassanji

This novel is both the story of one extended family's existence in East Africa and a repository for the collective memory and oral history of many other African Asians. As one of the first African Asian novels of its kind, The Gunny Sack tells a tale deeply committed to both tradition and to the future of contemporary Africa. Salim Juma, a Tanzanian Asian and great grandson of an African slave, is bequeathed a gunny sack by his mystical grandaunt. It is an ancient sack, the drab, dusty Sheherazade of the Indian and African settlements; a sack full of mementos that she would hold out to Salim's mesmerized eyes. Nicknamed " Shehru " the gunny unravels a gallery of characters whose unwritten stories reflect the Asian experience in East Africa over four generations

Paperback: 276 pages