The Old Drift
The Old Drift
A Novel
Namwali Serpell



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1904. On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there is a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. 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—emerge through a panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction.

From a woman covered with hair and another plagued with endless tears, to forbidden love affairs and fiery political ones, to homegrown technological marvels like Afronauts, microdrones and viral vaccines, this gripping, unforgettable novel is a testament to our yearning to create and cross borders, and a meditation on the slow, grand passage of time.

"An intimate, brainy, gleaming epic . . . This is a dazzling book, as ambitious as any first novel published this decade."—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“A founding epic in the vein of Virgil's Aeneid . . .though in its sprawling size, its flavor of picaresque comedy and its fusion of family lore with national politics it more resembles Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.”The Wall Street Journal

Title The Old Drift
Subtitle A Novel
Author Namwali Serpell
Publisher Hogarth
Title First Published 26 March 2019
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1101907142
ISBN-13 9781101907146
Publication Date 24 March 2019
Weight 32 oz.
 


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