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The Nowhere Man by Kamala Markandaya, Emma Garman

The Nowhere Man

Kamala Markandaya, Emma Garman

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Imprint: Small Axes
Publisher: HopeRoad Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 11 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781908446992

Set in 1968, the year of Enoch Powell's infamous "Rivers of Blood" speech, The Nowhere Man is an intricate, perceptive tragedy of alienation centered around the violent racism sparked by Britain's post-war immigration drive.

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4 stars out of 5
Bernardine Evaristo
29 Jul 2019

"The Nowhere Man is worryingly topical in our unsettled times"

Markandaya’s writing initially feels ponderous, almost archaic, and the 21st-century reader probably needs to acclimatise until the book grabs hold and doesn’t let go. She weaves the reality of racial politics as a lived experience, as well as themes of community, conquest, belonging and love. Character interiority and complexity are exploited to the full, fostering empathy, even when people should be despised. She dexterously handles subtly shifting points of view so that we are exposed to multiple perspectives. Cultures clash, generations are divided by gaps, there are private and political rebellions, families are ripped apart, much goodness prevails, but when immigrants are made scapegoats, innocent people suffer.