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Whom the Kiskadees Call

Beauty and squalor, sexual corruption and redemptive love coexist in tense equilibrium in this novel of injustice, revenge and expiation.

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Author(s)
Churaumanie Bissundyal
ISBN
9780948833724
Pages
94
Price
£7.99
Classification
Fiction, Novels
Setting
Guyana
Date published
1 Jul 1994

"Things been bright last night,' Nice Gyal said to Reenee.
'Like you pick up something good?'
'Something good?' She skinned her eyes. 'Is seven trawler men I knock down'.
'Gracious.'
'Gracious,' Nice Gyal repeated. 'I had to piss in their vodka to make them lose their sense.'
'I hook up five Buck-man from the gold bush,' Sugar Plum joined in.
'You had to piss in their vodka too?' Reenee asked.
'No, I gave them Guinness with condensed milk and a raw egg in between.'

Ignoring their laughter, a quiet man sits brooding in a corner of the Belmonte Hotel, nursing his high wine. Intrigued, Reenee is determined to uncover his secret... 

Beauty and squalor, sexual corruption and redemptive love coexist in tense equilibrium in this novel of injustice, revenge and expiation. In exploring how a cycle of hatred can be broken, Bissundyal takes the reader into the spectacular dereliction of the slums of Georgetown, the lively pleasures of village life on the island of Leguan on the Essequibo and into the peaceful intensity of the remote interior, writing with a poet's eye which startles and beguiles.

'An original and exciting new voice in Caribbean writing...' - David Dabydeen.

Churaumanie Bissundyal was born in Guyana in 1950. He is heavily involved in theatre and is the author of several plays.

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Churaumanie Bissundyal

Churaumanie Bissundyal was born in 1950 in the Mahaicony River area, Guyana, but grew up in Leguan in the Essequibo River. His father was a sea-defence labourer and his mother a worker in the rice fields. He attended an Anglican school in Leguan and later worked as a schoolteacher in the North West District, and then teaching English and Hindi at the Hindu College, Cove and John. He has worked as a civil servant, as an insurance inspector on the sugar estates of the Corentyne and as a book reviewer for the Mirror newspaper.

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