47 Out of Africa
M.G. Vassanji was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania. Although he left Africa as a young man, his writing career has focused on the experiences of East African Indians, migration and diaspora. His memoir recounts his return to his homeland and the memories it evokes. Alain Mabanckou, born in the Republic of the Congo, left for France when he was 22. His memoir tells of his return “home” after 23 years, his guilt as a relative asks for his shoes and shirt, and his regret that he’s a stranger. In an age of mass migration, where millions have left their homelands yet continue to be shaped by what they left behind, these two contemplative authors reflect on living as exiles and question what home really means.
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