The Zanzibar Chest

"The Zanzibar Chest" is an enthralling narrative of men and women meddling with, embracing, and being transformed by other cultures in one of the most important examinations of colonialism ever written.

Author: Aidan Hartley

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 9780006531210

Category: Africa, Sub-Saharan

Page: 464

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Journalist Aidan Hartley's epic narrative combines the literary reportage of Ryszard Kapuscinski with a historical love story reminiscent of Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient. Hartley is the inheritor of a colonial legacy that stretches back over 150 years. After the ravages he experiences in Ethiopia, Somalia (where three of his friends are torn to pieces by an angry mob), Rwanda, and the Congo, Aidan retreats to his family's house in Kenya where he discovers the Zanzibar chest his father left him. The chest contains the diaries of his father's best friend, Peter Davey, an Englishman who died mysteriously fifty years earlier. Papers in hand, Hartley embarks on a journey to remote southern Arabia to unlock the secrets not only of Davey's life, but of his own. An enthralling narrative of men and women meddling with, embracing, and ultimately being transformed by other cultures, The Zanzibar Chest is one of the most important examinations of colonialism ever written.

The Zanzibar Chest

After encountering the violence in Somalia, Uganda, and Rwanda, Aidan retreated to his family’s house in Kenya where he discovered the Zanzibar chest his father left him.

Author: Aidan Hartley

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802189783

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

View: 977


An examination of colonialism and its consequences. “A sweeping, poetic homage to Africa, a continent made vivid by Hartley’s capable, stunning prose” (Publishers Weekly). In his final days, Aidan Hartley’s father said to him, “We should have never come.” Those words spoke of a colonial legacy that stretched back through four generations of one British family. From a great-great-grandfather who defended British settlements in nineteenth-century New Zealand, to his father, a colonial officer sent to Africa in the 1920s and who later returned to raise a family there—these were intrepid men who traveled to exotic lands to conquer, build, and bear witness. And there was Aidan, who became a journalist covering Africa in the 1990s, a decade marked by terror and genocide. After encountering the violence in Somalia, Uganda, and Rwanda, Aidan retreated to his family’s house in Kenya where he discovered the Zanzibar chest his father left him. Intricately hand-carved, the chest contained the diaries of his father’s best friend, Peter Davey, an Englishman who had died under obscure circumstances five decades before. With the papers as his guide, Hartley embarked on a journey not only to unlock the secrets of Davey’s life, but his own. “The finest account of a war correspondent’s psychic wracking since Michael Herr’s Dispatches.” —Rian Malan, author of My Traitor’s Heart

Wild Life

Wild Life story is a remarkable book, by turns heartbreaking and wonderfully funny.

Author: Aidan Hartley

Publisher: William Heinemann

ISBN: 0434013838

Category: British

Page: 304

View: 536


Five years ago, after the senseless murder of his closest friend in Nairobi, Aidan Hartley packed up his bags and headed for the hills with his wife and young daughter. They bought a vast tract of dry land in Laikipia in Northern Kenya, with no fences, no phones, and no company other than the errant witchdoctor who cursed the dust of Aidan's footsteps. But it wasn't long before Aidan discovered that his patch of wilderness was full of life: not just the farmhands spending their wages on drink, weddings and funerals, but a whole procession of curious people who wanted something, or felt they needed to investigate. As Aidan and Claire struggled to build a farm from scratch, they had run-ins with leopards and elephants, and with their new neighbors. Aidan grew up on a farm in Tanzania and thought he had farming in his blood, but nothing prepared him for how hard life would be. But with the help of the locals, the farm developed, and all three of the family proved to have far more to learn from their neighbours than they had expected. Wild Life story is a remarkable book, by turns heartbreaking and wonderfully funny.

The Zanzibar Affair

A letter found in an old chest on the island of Zanzibar finally reveals the secret of Kate Hope's glamorous but anguished past, and the reason for her sudden and unexplained disappearance.

Author: Samantha Ford

Publisher: Spiderwize

ISBN: 1908026324

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 884


A letter found in an old chest on the island of Zanzibar finally reveals the secret of Kate Hope's glamorous but anguished past, and the reason for her sudden and unexplained disappearance. Ten years previously Kate's lover and business partner, Adam Hamilton, tormented by a terrifying secret he is willing to risk everything for, brutally ends his relationship with Kate. A woman is found murdered in a remote part of Kenya, bringing Tom Fletcher back to East Africa to unravel the web of mystery and intrigue surrounding Kate, the woman he loves but hasn't seen for eighteen years. In Zanzibar, Tom meets Kate's daughter Molly. With her help he pieces together the last years of her mother's life and his extraordinary connection to it. A page turning novel of love, passion, betrayal and death, with an unforgettable cast of characters, set against the spectacular backdrop of East and Southern Africa, New York and France.

The Arab Chest

This is the first exhaustive study of a piece of furniture that has been used in the Arab world for centuries, and on the East African coast since the early 1800s.

Author: Sheila Unwin

Publisher: Arabian Pub Limited

ISBN: 0954479262

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 134

View: 442


This is the first exhaustive study of a piece of furniture that has been used in the Arab world for centuries, and on the East African coast since the early 1800s. The Arab chest caught the attention of expatriates and travellers throughout these regions, and by the mid-20th century it had become a collector's item in the West. The author, Sheila Unwin, first came across the chests in East Africa in the early l950s. Since then she has been determined to discover their provenance and unravel their stylistic origins. This journey of detection is reflected in her historical overviews, which cover the early Arab trading networks, Arabs and Persians in East Africa, the Gulf and Oman, the Mughals in India, and the early explorations and trading expeditions of the Portuguese, Dutch and British from East Africa to the Far East. Her study of these enables her to trace the cultural influences that have combined to produce the chests, and to chart their complex origins. More than a historical survey, the book is also a guide to the classification, care and cleaning of chests. It is lavishly illustrated with archive and contemporary photographs and maps, while line drawings demonstrate the differences in classification and type of chests and fittings. Owners of these fine pieces will find this an invaluable companion and resource. Sheila Unwin greatly enriches our appreciation of an artefact which can now be seen, in the light of her research, as a fascinating embodiment of the old Indian Ocean trading network.

Country Life

The Sword The Zanzibar Chest : A Memoir of Love and War and the Cross The
Bookseller of Kabul BY ASNE SEIERSTAD ( LITTLE , BROWN , £12 . 99 ) BY
£ ...



ISBN: UVA:X006146500

Category: Country life


View: 891


A Fine Chest of Medals

They left Mombasa the same evening and the ship ' pitched a lot ' on its way to
Zanzibar , where they arrived the next day . Here again he went ashore with
Forbes as soon as it got cool enough , and drove to the Sultan ' s palace . He
dined at ...

Author: Colin Baker


ISBN: 0954202015

Category: Malawi

Page: 275

View: 594


Confessions of a Mullah Warrior

In these troubled times, this is a book that is brave, honest, humane, and full of love.” —Aidan Hartley, author of The Zanzibar Chest

Author: Masood Farivar

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 1555848230

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 502


“If you liked The Kite Runner, you must read this riveting, firsthand account by one of the real Afghan mujahideen . . . An extraordinary tale.” —Leslie Cockburn Masood Farivar was ten years old when his childhood in peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan was shattered by the Soviet invasion of 1979. Although he was born into a long line of religious and political leaders who had shaped his nation’s history for centuries, Farivar fled to Pakistan with his family and came of age in a madrassa for refugees. At eighteen, he defied his parents and returned home to join the jihad, fighting beside not only the Afghan mujahideen but also Arab and Pakistani volunteers. When the Soviets withdrew, Farivar moved to America and attended the prestigious Lawrenceville School and Harvard, and ultimately became a journalist in New York. Farivar draws on his unique experience as a native Afghan, a former mujahideen fighter, and a longtime US resident to provide unprecedented insight into the ongoing collision between Islam and the West. This is a visceral, clear-eyed, and illuminating memoir from an indispensable new voice on the world stage. “Like the war poets who told you what it was really like to be in the trenches, Farivar survived to tell us about life on the front lines of the clash of civilizations—and it rings with more truth than any other account of these famous events I’ve ever read. In these troubled times, this is a book that is brave, honest, humane, and full of love.” —Aidan Hartley, author of The Zanzibar Chest

Jim Harrison

H33 Writing on Air ( radio broadcast ) , H109 W. W. Norton & Company , A1 , A4 ,
B37 , B108 , B158 , D193 , D263 Wyoming ( Gifford ) ( encomium ) , G190 The
Zanzibar Chest ( Hartley ) ( encomium ) , G238 The Zen Works of Stonehouse ...

Author: Gregg Orr

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124173431

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 331

View: 337


Jim Harrison, a literary maverick, is widely considered one of the great and iconic writers in contemporary American literature. This pioneering volume, an extensive and up-to-date illustrated guide to Harrison’s published works, is the first full-length catalog of a distinguished literary career spanning more than forty years. Longtime Harrison readers and collectors Gregg Orr and Beef Torrey have amassed a thorough list of the author’s wide-ranging work, annotated and arranged by genre to provide a full view of the breadth of Harrison’s accomplishment. This work contains more than sixteen hundred citations of writings by and about Harrison, including his fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, screenplays, criticism, and reviews; it also features photographs of his books, dust jackets, and broadsides. With a foreword by Harrison, penned especially for this seminal volume, and an introduction by writer and scholar Robert DeMott, this is the definitive bibliographical study of a major figure in late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century American letters.

American Book Publishing Record

( Nash ) FIC Z Zadie ' s shoes . 812 . 6 Zambia . 336 . 390968 The Zanzibar chest
. 967 . 009712 Zeb Vance . 975 . 603 Zoo album . 590 . 73 The Zoo anthology of
younger poets . 811 . 608 A Zora Neale Hurston companion . 813 . 52 Zozobra .



ISBN: UOM:39015066043210

Category: American literature


View: 286


The Book Review Digest

The Zanzibar chest ; the story of life , love , and death in foreign lands . 414p
2003 Atlantic Monthly Press 1 . Africa - Description and travel 2 . Saudi Arabia -
Description and travel 3 . Hartley , Aidan , 1965ISBN 0 - 87113 - 871 - 9 LC 2003



ISBN: UOM:39015057977368

Category: Bibliography


View: 731


The Mitrokhin Archive II

201–3. Details of Mengistu's chairs in Hartley, The Zanzibar Chest, p. 138. 25. Orizio, Talk of the Devil, pp. 144ff; Hartley, The Zanzibar Chest, p. 138.

Author: Christopher Andrew

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141977980

Category: Political Science

Page: 720

View: 606


The second sensational volume of 'One of the biggest intelligence coups in recent years' (The Times) When Vasili Mitrokhin revealed his archive of Russian intelligence material to the world it caused an international sensation. The Mitrokhin Archive II reveals in full the secrets of this remarkable cache, showing for the first time the astonishing extent of the KGB's global power and influence. 'The long-awaited second tranche from the KGB archive ... co-authored by our leading authority on the secret machinations of the Evil Empire' Sunday Times 'Stunning ... the stuff of legend ... a unique insight into KGB activities on a global scale' Spectator 'Headline news ... as great a credit to the scholarship of its author as to the dedication and courage of its originator' Sunday Telegraph 'There are gems on every page' Financial Times


There is an Arab chest which once belonged to Said bin Sultan , Zanzibar's first
Sultan , who came from Muscat in 1840 to rule his joint Sultanate from the
greener land of Zanzibar . There are no chests of that quality of workmanship to
be ...



ISBN: UOM:39015047618155

Category: Great Britain


View: 472


Index is first no. of next volume.

Uganda Museum Occasional Paper

These chests can be compared to the one used by Livingstone and Kirk on the
Zambezi 1858-9 , loaned by the Peace Memorial Museum , Zanzibar . The
change in the contents of the cases is noticeable from ten bottles in the first chest
and a ...

Author: Uganda Museum


ISBN: UCLA:31158004742135

Category: Ethnology


View: 635


Conspiracy to Murder

38 Aidan Hartley , The Zanzibar Chest . A Memoir of Love and War , London : Harper Collins , 2003 , p . 371 . 39 Steven Livingstone and Todd Eachus ...

Author: Linda Melvern

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1844675424

Category: History

Page: 380

View: 330


The definitive account of the Rwandan genocide--voted Best Book on Africa by Foreign Affairs.

The Tears of Dark Water

... in—Quentinin hisbedroom upstairs and Ariadne in the guest quarters —Vanessa poured a glass of wine and took the Zanzibar chest to her favorite chair.

Author: Corban Addison

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781784292201

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 924


Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, D.C. power broker, and she is a doctor with a thriving practice. But behind the façade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream - a sailing trip around the world. Little does he know that the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead. Half a world away, on the lawless coast of Somalia, Ismail Ibrahim is plotting the rescue of his sister, Yasmin, from the man who murdered their father. Driven to crime by love and loyalty, he hijacks ships for ransom money. There is nothing he will not do to save her, even if it means taking innocent life. Paul Derrick is the FBI's top hostage negotiator. His twin sister Megan, is a celebrated defense attorney. When Paul is called to respond to a hostage crisis at sea, he has no idea how far it will take them both into their traumatic past - or the chance it will give them to redeem the future. Across continents and oceans, through storms and civil wars, their paths converge in a single, explosive moment. It is a moment that will test them, and break them, but that will also leave behind a glimmer of hope - that out of the ashes of tragedy the seeds of justice and reconciliation can grow, not only for themselves but also for Somalia itself.

Paradise Discourse Imperialism and Globalization

... War correspondent Aidan Hartley's memoir The Zanzibar Chest (2003) similarly oscillates between corrosive guilt, nostalgia, and fear of expulsion in its ...

Author: Sharae Deckard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135224028

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 644


This comparative study, the first of its kind, discusses paradise discourse in a wide range of writing from Mexico, Zanzibar, and Sri Lanka, including novels by authors such as Malcolm Lowry, Leonard Woolf, Juan Rulfo, Wilson Harris, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Romesh Gunesekera. Tracing dialectical tropes of paradise across the "long modernity" of the capitalist world-system, Deckard reads literature from postcolonial nations in context with colonial discourse in order to demonstrate how paradise begins as a topos motivating European exploration and colonization, shifts into an ideological myth justifying imperial exploitation, and finally becomes a literary motif used by contemporary writers to critique neocolonial representations and conditions in the age of globalization. Combining a range of critical perspectives—cultural materialist, ecocritical, and postcolonial—the volume opens up a deeper understanding of the relation between paradise discourse and the destructive dynamics of plantation, tourism, and global capital. Deckard uncovers literature from East Africa and South Asia which has been previously overlooked in mainstream postcolonial criticism, and gestures to how the utopian dimensions of the paradise myth might be reclaimed to promote cultural resistance.

Out In The Midday Sun

Then there were Zanzibar chests, thickly studded with brass nails and also muchsoughtafter when the dhows came in. Few of them actually came from Zanzibar; ...

Author: Elspeth Huxley

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781446475812

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 140


Elspeth Huxley captivated readers throughout the world with her 'memories of an African childhood' in THE FLAME TREES OF THIKA and THE MOTTLED LIZARD. In this final volume of her trilogy she tells the story of her adult life in Africa, in which the vigorously evoked personalities - from the pioneer Lord Delamere and Baroness Blixen to Jomo Kenyatta - blend with her supurb description of the social, cultural and political upheavals of the time. 'An accomplished story-teller, she weaves anecdotes, character sketches, political history together without losing her thread or the readers momentum. ' SUNDAY TIMES 'She evokes it all lovingly but astringently, especially the glittering, often scandelous life of the young aristocrats who lived in Happy Valley. ' DAILY EXPRESS

Let s Go Travel

Big brass-bound chests are another speciality here. Those you will see in the shops are rarely old, but the 'Zanzibar chest' is another nice curiosity.

Author: St. Martin's Press

Publisher: TheLonePenguin


Category: Travel

Page: 106

View: 806


A collection of travel stories to make you want to get up and go.


SU SED . chests . These trunk - size chests are decorated with metal strips and
brass studs arranged in geometric patterns . A new craft ... on fabric ( top ) . An
elegant Zanzibar chest ( above ) India Street in the Asian section of Dar es

Author: Jason Lauré

Publisher: Children's Press

ISBN: 0516026224

Category: History

Page: 127

View: 991


Explores the geographical features, history, economy, culture, and people of Tanzania