A Wreath for Udomo - Peter Abrahams

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A Wreath for Udomo by Peter Abrahams / ISBN 9780571376391 / 384-page paperback with flaps from Faber Editions series (UK)


'The forerunner of an entire school of African literary art.' Sunday Times

'Those men who are history now; did they feel like this?'

A 1950s Hampstead pub; a freezing night. Lois can't tear her eyes away from the haunted, restless African man in the corner. Over brandy and stew, she discovers he is in awe of her friend, Panafrica's greatest political writer and fighter. Their meeting inducts this stranger, Udomo, into London's revolutionary community of exiled African activists: the start of a life-changing journey. Amidst the internal politics and love affairs, Udomo is inspired by other leaders' independence uprisings; but when he returns to his native land to overthrow the colonial oppressors, his idealism is put to the ultimate test...

Inspired by Peter Abrahams' befriending of future African heads of state in mid-century London, A Wreath for Udomo (1956) is a radical lost classic, unforgettably exploring the nature of freedom, power, leadership and love.

"Abrahams explored with sensitivity and passion, the injustices of apartheid and the complexities of racial politics ... An important literary voice." -- New York Times

"Intelligent and exciting ... Written with skill and sympathy." -- TLS

"An African writer, a writer of the world, who opened up in South Africa a path of exploration for us, the writers who have followed the trail he bravely blazed." -- Nadine Gordimer

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