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The Resource Always another country : a memoir of exile and home, Sisonke Msimang

Always another country : a memoir of exile and home, Sisonke Msimang

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Always another country : a memoir of exile and home
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Always another country
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a memoir of exile and home
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Sisonke Msimang
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eng
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An Australia-based African writer and political analyst's memoir of a peripatetic life spent moving among countries and continents. During her childhood in the 1970s, Zambia-born Msimang was "schooled in radical Africanist discourse." The daughter of refugees fighting for a free South Africa, her earliest memories centered around other exiles tied to the African National Congress. Most Zambians embraced the presence of refugees, but some deemed them "rule-breakers and layabouts." In 1981, the family moved to Kenya after Msimang's father took a job working for a United Nations agency. A few years later, they moved to Canada, where they would finally have a chance to shed their status as refugees and seek "opportunities that accompan[ied] the terrain of citizenship and belonging." But in white-dominated Ottawa, the family "stuck out" in ways they had not in either Zambia or Kenya. As one of just a few African families, they became subject to cross-cultural misunderstandings and targets of both overt and covert racism. Just as the teenage Msimang began to feel comfortable in her new environment, the family returned to Nairobi, where they lived an upper-middle-class lifestyle that separated them from ordinary Kenyans. In the early 1990s and not long after Nelson Mandela was freed from prison, Msimang was accepted to Macalester College in Minnesota. There, she became steeped in black radicalism and began a painful affair with a charming but "unemployed, and unemployable" black American that ended not long after the pair moved to California. The author returned to the newly liberated South Africa, where, to her surprise, she fell in love with and married a white Australian and eventually became one of many young blacks to feel betrayed by the dream of a more just and democratic society. Eloquent and affecting, Msimang's book explores the nature of belonging as it chronicles a perpetual outsider's quest for the meaning of home. A candidly intimate tale of a journey toward self-identity. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2018)
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autobiography
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10679939
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VMOR
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Msimang, Sisonke
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968.06092
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non fiction
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  • Msimang, Sisonke
  • African National Congress
  • Exiles
  • Political persecution
  • Political culture
  • South Africa
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adult
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a memoir of exile and home
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Always another country : a memoir of exile and home, Sisonke Msimang
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text
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rdacontent
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000063672686
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24 cm.
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312 pages
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regular print reproduction
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9781925603798
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(pbk.)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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Always another country : a memoir of exile and home, Sisonke Msimang
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063672686
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
312 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781925603798
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations

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