Kipling Plass
A politically astute coming-of-age novel set in Guyana in the turbulent late 1970s, where Kipling Plass narrates his and his teenage friends’ struggles for both physical and emotional survival as they contend with the colonial past, racial animosity and Guyana’s economic hardships. Heartbreaking, shocking, and lyrical.
Price
£12.99
Author(s)
Berkley Wendell Semple
ISBN number
9781845235925
Price
£12.99
Classification
Fiction, Novel
Country setting
Guyana
Publication date
01 Nov 2024
Heartbreaking, shocking, lyrical and sometimes grimly funny, Kipling Plass has to survive as teenager abandoned by his mother after her mental breakdown. Set in a multiracial Guyanese village in the 1980s, at the height of that country’s economic collapse, as social structures give way, the novel confronts the tensions between social solidarity and dog-eat-dog individualistic ruthlessness. In the midst of this, Kipling Plass narrates his and his teenage friends’ struggles for both physical and emotional survival, amidst their own confusions of sexual and social identity.
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Bekley Wendell Semple wearing a grey suit jacket and glasses

Berkley Wendell Semple

Berkley Wendell Semple was born in Guyana. He has published four collections of poetry, Lamplight Teller, awarded a 2004 Guyana Prize for Poetry, The Solo Flyer, The Central Station, and Flight and Other Poems, awarded the 2023 Guyana Prize for Literature, and has edited a book of student poems. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Callaloo, The Hampden-Sydney Review, The Caribbean Writer, for which he was awarded a Daily News Prize for poetry, and many other publications.
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