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By Jamal Mahjoub

A relocating portrait, half historical past, half memoir, of Sudan – as soon as the most important such a lot varied state in Africa – and its self-destruction.

In 1956, Sudan won Independence from Britain. close to a promising destiny, it in its place descended into civil struggle and clash, together with the hindrance in Darfur which has claimed thousands of lives and pushed many extra from their homes.

When the 1989 coup introduced a hard-line Islamist regime to strength, Jamal Mahjoub's kin have been between those that fled. nearly 20 years later, he again, to discover a rustic on the point of rupture.

Re-discovering town within which his early life have been spent, Mahjoub encounters humans and locations that he left at the back of. The capital comprises the keys to Sudan's divided, contradictory nature and whereas exploring the Khartoum's current - its altering identification and moving moods, its filthy rich elite and missed negative - Mahjoub additionally delves into the country's stricken background, one turbulent with the contention among Christians and Muslims. His look for solutions evolves right into a considerate meditation at the which means of identification, either own and national.

A Line within the River combines lyrical and evocative memoir with a nuanced exploration of a country's advanced heritage, politics and faith. the result's either alluring and revelatory.

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