Dance of the Jakaranda
A Paperback edition by Peter Kimani in English (Mar 16, 2017)
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Short Description: An ambitious and groundbreaking story of African colonization in which humanity is celebrated in all its complexity.Set in the shadow of Kenya's independence from Great Britain,... Read more
An ambitious and groundbreaking story of African colonization in which humanity is celebrated in all its complexity.Set in the shadow of Kenya's independence from Great Britain, Kimani reimagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Africa, and the special circumstances that brought black, brown, and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation.The novel traces the lives and loves of three men brought together by the railway, which intersect when preacher Richard Turnbull, the colonial administrator Ian McDonald, and Indian worker Babu Salim are implicated in the controversial birth of a child. Years later, when Babu's grandson, a singer named Rajan, accidentally kisses a mysterious stranger in a dark nightclub, the encounter provides the spark to illuminate the three men's shared, murky past.A Kiss in the Dark teems with life and vitality, love and lust; seldom has the story of Africa's colonization told with such tenderness and complex humanity, providing a new metaphor for race in contemporary Africa.Peter Kimani was born in 1971 in Kenya. A leading African writer of his generation, he started his career as a journalist and is the author of several works of fiction and poetry. He was one of only three international poets commissioned by the National Public Radio to compose and present poems to mark Barack Obama's inauguration in January 2009. Kimani earned a doctorate in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program in 2014, and is a faculty member at Aga Khan University's Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi.