Wreath for Udomo

Abrahams, Peter


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Author: Abrahams, Peter
Publication date: 03/11/2022
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780571376391
Series: Faber Editions

Those men who are history now; did they feel like this?

A 1950s Hampstead pub; a freezing night. Lois can’t tear her eyes away from the haunted, restless African man in the corner. Over brandy and stew, she discovers he is in awe of her friend, Panafrica’s greatest political writer and fighter. Their meeting inducts this stranger, Udomo, into London’s revolutionary community of exiled African activists: the start of a life-changing journey. Amidst the internal politics and love affairs, Udomo is inspired by other leaders’ independence uprisings; but when he returns to his native land to overthrow the colonial oppressors, his idealism is put to the ultimate test …

Inspired by Peter Abrahams’ befriending of future African heads of state in mid-century London, A Wreath for Udomo (1956) is a radical lost classic, unforgettably exploring the nature of freedom, power, leadership and love.

‘An African writer, a writer of the world, who opened up in South Africa a path of exploration for us, the writers who have followed the trail he bravely blazed.’ – Nadine Gordimer
‘Abrahams explored with sensitivity and passion, the injustices of apartheid and the complexities of racial politics .’ – New York Times

ISBN: 9780571376391