The Jive Talker: Or, How to get a British Passport

By Samson Kambalu

Samson Kambalu's father wore three-piece, London-made fits from the Sixties. He'd deliberate to be a physician yet settled for medical institution management and a peripatetic way of life together with his ever increasing family members in tow. he's 'the Jive Talker' of this awesome memoir - a guy of thwarted ambition, boundless optimism and manic philosophising, he died of AIDS in 1995, bequeathing his son 'the Diptych' - an eclectic library of technological know-how, philosophy and English language classics ­ a keenness for phrases and a boundless imagination.

In this thoroughly unique, usually subversive, e-book, Samson Kambalu writes of his early life in Malawi, a rustic few may be able to pinpoint on a map. because the kinfolk strikes from dinner party to genuine poverty and deprivation, and again to a lot back, reckoning on their father's expert fortunes, we're brought to lifestyles in a rustic during which no dissent is tolerated, the place political competitors are 'disappeared' and a portrait of lifestyles President Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda is usually certain to be gazing. yet this can be additionally a rustic within which a bit boy enthusiastic about books, women, Nietzsche, model, soccer and Michael Jackson wins a unfastened schooling on the Kamuzu Academy ('The Eton of Africa') and grows as much as be considered one of England's so much promising younger conceptual artists. With mind-blowing prose, depraved humour and never just a little of creative licence, The Jive Talker opens the door to an Africa that's hardly ever written approximately.

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