2 Aug 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. By the Sea [Abdulrazak Gurnah] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport. By the Sea tells of an elderly man coming to Britain from Zanzibar, off the coast of The picture Gurnah paints of the asylum-seeker’s lot in late 20th-century.

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By the Sea

These stories are very detailed – lots of characters involved and digressions which are hard for the reader to follow. We also receive glimpses of the torture and imprisonment of Shaaban in his own country, where men abuse thr power after independence from colonialism. His first three novels, By the sea gurnah of DeparturePilgrims Way and Dottiedocument the immigrant experience in contemporary Britain from different perspectives.

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.

Interesting book though a bit strange. The poetry of storytelling completes the picture of history, of how we see ourselves, rather than being an addendum to culture.

Mimi Khalvati reads from The Chine view movie. The two turn out to be intimately connected via a long running dispute between their families. The rest of the book tells of life in Zanzibar, the pettiness rhe mindless attempts at greed and duplicity in by the sea gurnah with a person’s estate after they had died. A book longlisted for the Booker Prize. One of my favorites. I know his academic work, which is also on postcolonial issue, Eastern Africa and the furnah communities along that coast.

As an immigrant to a foreign country, Gurnah was conscious ‘that for some of my potential readers, there was a way of looking at me which I had to take by the sea gurnah account.

Yusuf sadly wonders ‘if his parents still thought of him, if they still lived, and by the sea gurnah knew that he would rather not find out. Now he is an asylum seeker from paradise; silence his only protection. Perhaps I made a noise.


Saleh Omar is a 65 year old from Zanzibar.

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He came to Britain as a student in and now teaches literature at the University of Kent. I was frustrated by the oversimplification of the asylum debate here, until I noticed that an elegant trick was being performed: Held a prisoner most of his life hy his supposed treachery, will Zea Omar seek atonement for his deeds from Latif Mahmud?

See All Goodreads Deals…. This is a story of injustice, family betrayals and rivalries over what end up being petty things, but by the sea gurnah become big in the grand scale of things.

We publish a Literature Newsletter when we have news and features gurnaj UK and international literature, plus opportunities for the industry to share. Spoilers don’t bother me – please feel free to tell me anything that you think will make me want to keep reading this book!

Notably, Gurnah always bby his characters point out that they gurnag not tell each other the whole truth; they leave gaps as if to protect each other and their families. Admiring Silence tells the story of a young man who leaves Zanzibar and emigrates to England where he marries and becomes a teacher.

He used to own a furniture shop, have a house and be a husband and father, but now he is an asylum by the sea gurnah from paradise; silence his only protection. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you by the sea gurnah to read.

By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Advised not to by the sea gurnah that he knows English, he puts on a charade of incomprehension for his caseworker, Rachel Howard, until uncomfortable circumstances force him to speak. Refresh and try again. Gurnah weaves a congenial thread of events revolving around these questions. By the sea gurnah enjoyed the brilliant ways in which the storytelling is interweaved in the narrative, how one character is always telling a story to gurnnah, and how the same events cannot be told twice in the gurnxh way by two different people.

A return visit to his native country 20 years later profoundly affects his attitude towards both himself and his marriage. For detailed information, please refer to the privacy section by the sea gurnah our website or contact your local British Council office. Shaaban comes to Britain claiming vy cannot speak English, yet understands thr that is said to him.


It tells us much about deceit, anguish and alienation but also understanding and acceptance. The entangled nature of memory and history, misunderstanding, and shame are crucial thematic concerns throughout the novel and are best captured in this moment of uncertainty.

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By by the sea gurnah Sea does not present the reader with sympathetic characters and the tales that are woven are often confusing and petty. Saleh, he learns, has been pursued vindictively by Rajab and his wife, Asha, the mistress of teh powerful minister.

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And whether the exile is voluntary or bby, literal or metaphorical, displacement opens by the sea gurnah a vivid cut of loss, a liability for myriad reinterpretation and retelling of whatever stories might lurk there, silted up in the alluvial grit of time. Abdulrazak Gurnah lives in Brighton, East Sussex. Abdulrazak Gurnah lives in Brighton, East Sussex. Through this deception he meets, after 30 years, the son of his namesake; Latif Mahmud has settled in Britain and is presented as an academic expert who will speak Rajab’s language.

Overall, an enjoyable read save the sappy editing. Feb 24, Sophie Zanoon rated it really liked it. But as soon as I stirred, Latif Mahmud uncrossed his legs and leaned forward. The language was so beautiful, so well written, so – wow. Crossing as mixture by the sea gurnah movement must be guarded against. I look forward to reading more from this author. Several interesting characters, intricate relationships passed by and fascinating places were painted with great care, and page by page more background information by the sea gurnah added to the asylum seeker at Gatwick airport.