The old drift: A Novel

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On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus that calls itself man's greatest nemesis. The tale? A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. The moral? To err is human. In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families (black, white, brown) as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. As the generations pass, their lives - their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes - form a symphony about what it means to be human.
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subject_facet Families -- Zambia -- Fiction, Fantasy fiction, Historical fiction, Magic realism (Literature), Zambia -- Fiction
title_display The old drift : a novel
title_full The Old Drift A Novel, The old drift : a novel / Namwali Serpell
title_short The old drift :
title_sub A Novel
topic_facet Families, Fiction, Literature