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Achimota City, 2020 AD., Major Gentl (of Africa) and Torro the Terrible (born simultaneously in Europe and South Africa) battle for control of the city in the Wars of Existence.

Meanwhile, Gentl and his wife, Ama Three, fight against each other in a test of love, and their increasingly disillusioned children are forced to take sides. Gentl's favourite snakes serve as
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Paperback, 185 pages
Published June 28th 1992 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published June 1992)
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this book is pretty similar to Laing's other books, in that the book follows some sort of bizarre logic of its own, the sentences are dense and strangely put together, and non English words and phrases (mainly taken from African languages, although not all) are sprinkled throughout. i think the odd syntax might also be borrowing a bit from african languages although that's mostly speculation on my part. in this book Laing has helpfully provided a foreword in which he says that "It is usual in ...more
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B. Kojo Laing or Bernard Kojo Laing (1 July 1946 20 April 2017) was a Ghanaian novelist and poet, whose writing is characterised by its hybridity, whereby he uses Ghanaian Pidgin English and vernacular languages alongside standard English. His first two novels in particular Search Sweet Country (1986) and Woman of the Aeroplanes (1988) were praised for their linguistic originality, both books ...more

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