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Title: Kindness of Enemies, The
Authors: Aboulela, Leila
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 320
Year: 2015
Publisher: Orion Books
Language: English
Description: While researching the life of Imam Shamil, a 19th century Muslim chieftain, history professor at the University of Aberdeen, Natasha Wilson with her Russian/Sudanese heritage, is drawn into the life of one of her students; Oz is a descendant of Shamil, and like Natasha is grappling with his cultural identity. When he comes to the attention of the authorities for his supposed extremism, Natasha's carefully constructed life is also called into question. Intertwined with their story is that of Shamil and his involvement with the court of the Tzar.

With parallel storylines and settings in Scotland, Georgia and Sudan, this engaging story vividly depicts the experience of living in exile and yearning for home.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"The novel is beautifully written and I'm sure will be enjoyed by many readers."

"This is a compelling novel which deals with the very current issue of the difficulty of belonging in a world where the place we come from is no longer where we live, or fit in."

"An absorbing read."

"The narratives are addictive and through-provoking."

"For the reader unfamiliar with the Muslim world, the parallels are sometimes hard to see, but fascinating to think about; and very relevant at this time."

"I think anyone who likes a serious book will enjoy this book. I am interested in reading more of the author's books."

"There are parallels between the contemporary narrative and the author's life, which probably accounts for the realism of it."
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Historical, Political, Religion, Social commentary/perspectives, Scotland, Russia, 2019 Titles, Sudan

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