“The spice of life”: trade, storytelling and movement in Paradise and By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah

  title={“The spice of life”: trade, storytelling and movement in Paradise and By the Sea by Abdulrazak Gurnah},
  author={Sophy Kohler},
  journal={Social Dynamics},
  pages={274 - 285}
Abstract Increasing attention has been paid in academic research to the role of cultural and social exchange in facilitating and furthering trade along the Indian Ocean rim. Tanzanian novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah enriches this body of scholarship, illuminating through fiction the way in which these centuries-old networks extended not only along the Swahili Coast, but also deep into the interior. Set largely against the backdrop of the social, political and historical world of East African society… Expand
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