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By Jamal Mahjoub

A relocating portrait, half historical past, half memoir, of Sudan – as soon as the most important so much various kingdom in Africa – and its self-destruction.

In 1956, Sudan received Independence from Britain. near to a promising destiny, it in its place descended into civil conflict 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 family members have been between those that fled. nearly two decades later, he again, to discover a rustic on the point of rupture.

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

A Line within the River combines lyrical and evocative memoir with a nuanced exploration of a country's complicated historical past, politics and faith. the result's either beautiful and revelatory.

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