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By Moses Isegawa

Like Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, Moses Isegawa's Abyssinian Chronicles tells a riveting tale of twentieth-century Africa that's passionate in imaginative and prescient and breathtaking in scope.

At the guts of this unforgettable story is Mugezi, a tender guy who manages to make it in the course of the hellish reign of Idi Amin and reports firsthand the main crushing features of Ugandan society: he withstands his far-off father's oppression and his mother's cruelty within the identify of Catholic zeal, endures the ravages of struggle, rape, poverty, and AIDS, and but he's capable of continue a hopeful or even sometimes a laugh outlook on lifestyles. Mugezi's hard-won observations shape a cri de coeur for a humans formed by means of untold losses.

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