A House by the Sea -by Sikeena
Karmali -Véhicule Press -$19.95 Paperback -224
Karmali’s book is historical fiction, placing character
Zahra Kahn’s search for self against the backdrop
of East African political upheaval in the 70s and 80s.
A compatriot for all those who have ever tried to search
for their nation, Zahra travels from London to Egypt to
Zanzibar in search of a place she can call home. Karmali
writes, “these children, look at them, born in a
black continent with bronzed skin and a tethered history.
How could they possibly know where they are going? ...They
have become orphans of the sea.”
It’s a subject that’s
intensely personal for Karmali. Born in Kenya to East-Indian
Gujarati parents and raised in Tanzania, Karmali and her
family fled the African country in the 1980s. In her novel,
Karmali makes her personal experiences a universal subject.
about the struggle of not having a nation, not having
a home,” she explains. “It’s about the
and My Shadows "
As a fan of "The Shadows " for some 42
years, Raymond DeMello was delighted to meet two
of them recently at events sponsored by the Toronto
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