The Broken Word

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

Review

Kenya in the 1950s: one of the darkest episodes in British colonial history. Sporadic attacks by dispossessed Kikuyu on the British now occupying their land escalate as the colonialists panic and drive most of the Kikuyu population into prison camps.

Adam Foulds' stunning poetic sequence follows the experience of Tom, recently returned to his family’s farm in Kenya and propelled into the violence of the Mau Mau uprising. It then mutates into a meditation on the inheritance of conflict and the destruction of innocence.

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