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Island is a World, An

by (author) Sam Selvon

Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Aug 2019
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    Aug 2019
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A novel of a personal and intellectual quest in postwar Trinidad.

In the post-war Caribbean colony, as an earlier generation thinks of returning to India, Foster, a young man, goes to England and Rufus his brother leaves for the United States, each in search of himself and his world.

Combining his characteristic humour with a vivid sense of place, Selvon's An Island is a World tells a moving story of personal and intellectual quest in our time.

With an introduction by Kenneth Ramchand.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Sam Selvon was born in Trinidad, where he completed his first novel, A Brighter Sun, which brought him instant recognition. Later he moved to the UK, where he spent more than twenty years and wrote most of his major works. The Lonely Londoners, his tale of the West Indian immigrant experience, is considered a modern classic. He is widely recognized as one of the major Caribbean writers to have emerged in the postwar era and has been awarded the Guggenheim fellowship.

Editorial Reviews

"Selvon writes with great charm." --The New York Times

"A ... lyrical, moving writer." --New Statesman

"His evocative descriptions . . . his humourous affectionate portrayal of character and his subtle use of folklore . . . are evidence of a master yarn-spinner." --The Globe and Mail

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