By M. G. Vassanji
Amriika is a singular of betrayal, disillusionment, and discovery set in the US in the course of 3 hugely charged many years within the nation’s background. within the overdue sixties, Ramji, a scholar from Dar es Salaam, East Africa, arrives in an the USA some distance assorted from the only he dreamed approximately, one stuck up in anti-war demonstrations, progressive life, and non secular quests. As Ramji reveals himself pulled through the tumultuous currents of these stricken instances, he's swept up in occasions whose effects will hang-out him for future years. a long time later in a replaced the USA, having lately left a wedding and a suburban lifestyles, an older Ramji, passionately in love, unearths himself drawn right into a set of conditions which carry terrifying reminders of the earlier and its unanswered questions.
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I don't love her, and it's not fair to her to let her think that I do, or that I might. " He was that peculiar type of person who is dazzled by famous names and flies to a celebrity as a moth to a candle flame. He had watched the rise of Mussolini, and then of CHERRY and Hitler, these now RIPE, RIPE, RIPE! of Franco, and were the men of the it 41 had become clear to him that whom future, to history would belong. He had attached himself to them, housed them, fed them, financed them; he had a chateau here in the Midi, and a villa on the Obersalzberg, and a shooting box in Scotland, all of which were always crowded with his Fascist friends.
Sophie had known Lanny Budd since he was a babe in arms, and had on her drawing-room walls half a dozen examples of French paintings which he had brought out of Spain and sold to her at a price she could boast of. She turned this show into an occasion for the glorifying of her protege. Her grand piano was hauled out onto the loggia, and the ladies of fashion co-operating with it DRAGON HARVEST 32 guests drew up lawn their chairs and listened while Lanny displayed mixture of half a dozen styles taught to him in boyhood by half a dozen teachers whom Sophie had helped to select.
Here at home she could show what she had been, for on the wall hung the painting which Marcel had made of her, standing in the doorway of the studio in the fullness of her glor>^— and Miss Lizbeth of Baltimore surely had nothing on the former toast of the Paris ateliers. On the opposite wall was the painting called Sister of Mercy, which Marcel had made after his face had been burned off in the early days of the war, and after Beauty had nursed him back to life. That w-as one of the famous paintings of modern France, and had been shown in one-man exhibitions in Paris, London, New York, and Berlin.
Amriika by M. G. Vassanji