Seed

Mustafa Mutabaruka, Author
Mustafa Mutabaruka, Author Akashic Books $14.95 (178p) ISBN 978-1-888451-31-3
Reviewed on: 06/01/2002
Release date: 06/01/2002
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Memories of abuse and family violence follow young African-American dancer Ulysses Dove as he travels across the world performing, in Mustafa Mutabaruka's debut novel Seed, unsettling and sharp in spite of its familiar subject matter. Forced to bide his time in North Africa after a show is canceled, Dove becomes intimate with an American woman and confesses to her a startling act of violence and the guilt and numbness that alternately afflict him. Episodic, stark and sensuous, the book elegantly weaves Dove's memories of childhood and the recent past with the narrative of his North African sojourn and his family history.
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