Exile

Exile

3.91 (2,427 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.91 (2,427 ratings by Goodreads)

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For the vagabond pack of ex-pat Europeans, Indian Tanzanians and wealthy Africans at Moshi's International School, it's all about getting high, getting drunk and getting laid. Their parents - drug dealers, mercenaries and farmers gone to seed - are too dead inside to give a damn. Outwardly free but empty at heart, privileged but out of place, these kids are lost, trapped in a land without hope. They can try to get out, but something will always drag them back - where can you go when you believe in nothing and belong to nowhere? Exile is the first of three powerful novels about growing up as an ex-pat in Tanzania. Ejersbo's first novel, Nordkraft, the Danish Trainspotting, was a phenomenal bestseller. Ejersbo's trilogy, only published after his death in 2008, has proved to be another cult and critical sensation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 153 x 216 x 32mm | 429g
  • MacLehose Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 0857050591
  • 9780857050595
  • 451,265

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'The first part of a powerful trilogy' Charlotte Vowden, Daily Express. 'This fine epic of loneliness and alienation in a beautiful land that seems to be sinking shows that he was a writer of huge talent' Kate Sunders, The Times. 'There is more to contemporary Scandinavian fiction than thrillers ... a hardcore version of an American high school rom-com, with drug-fuelled orgies replacing drugstores and the Prom' Michael Arditti, Daily Mail. 'Seldom has anyone written anything so insistent and impassioned, so glowing hot and ice-cold, so heartfelt and so cynical' Klaus Rothstein, Danish Literary Magazine. 'Exile offers a shocking insight into the state of Africa in the 1980's and the failure of Europeans to save it, or themselves, from the downward spiral' The Skinny.
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About Jakob Ejersbo

Jakob Ejersbo was born in Aalborg in 1968. He trained as a journalist, and his breakthrough came with the 2002 novel Northern Powers, which won the Golden Bay prize in 2003. He died in 2008 at the age of forty, after a ten-month battle with cancer. Mette Petersen lives in Kgs Lyngby in Denmark, where she works for a literary agency and as a translator. Previous translations include My Friend Jesus Christ by Lars Husum.
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Rating details

2,427 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 30% (725)
4 41% (989)
3 22% (522)
2 6% (140)
1 2% (51)
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