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Snakepit

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  121 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Praised on both sides of the Atlantic as well as in the author’s native Uganda, Moses Isegawa’s first novel Abyssinian Chronicles was a “big, transcendently ambitious book” (Boston Globe) that “blasts open the tidy borders of the conventional novel and redraws the literary map to reveal a whole new world” (Elle).

In Snakepit, Isegawa returns to the surreal, brutalizing land
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 12th 2005 by Vintage (first published 1999)
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Leslie Reese
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Clive
Aug 10, 2008 Clive rated it liked it
A brutal book, about a brutal time and place. Good novel, and one that explores the insecurity of tough guys, but really gives a sense of the desperation of Uganda at the time.
Kristin
Jul 07, 2015 Kristin rated it it was ok
A book that's really about its setting, where so many others center on plot or characters. 1970s Uganda -- a crazy, horrific, and still realistic-feeling time and place. I didn't give a hoot about any of the characters, but like I said, that wasn't the point.
Kyote4me
Jan 21, 2009 Kyote4me rated it really liked it
A raw portrait of the virulent corruption and madness in Uganda under Idi Amin by a Ugandan who survived.
Fatou
Aug 12, 2012 Fatou rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book, but it was nowhere near as exciting as Abyssinian chronicles by the same writer.
Histteach24
Oct 26, 2011 Histteach24 rated it liked it
It was difficult to get into at first but quickly became very suspenseful. Great detail and showed a very truthful,violent side to Uganda under Amin.
Hellen
Nov 09, 2008 Hellen rated it liked it
Too depressing for me. It's a novel about the dark world of corruption during Idi Amin's era of dictatorship.
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Moses Isegawa, also known as Sey Wava (born 10 August 1963), is a Ugandan author. He has written novels set against the political turmoil of Uganda, which he left in 1990 for the Netherlands. His debut novel, Abyssinian Chronicles, was first published in Amsterdam in 1998, selling more than 100,000 copies and gaining him widespread national attention. It was also very well reviewed when published ...more
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