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A State of Independence

Bertram Francis is a British West Indian who has spent the last twenty years away from the Caribbean. Now Independence is looming and he is going back to see the end of colonial rule.
  • 1986
  • Faber and Faber (UK)
  • Farrar, Strauss & Giroux (US)
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But the visit that Francis expects to be a nostalgic homecoming, and a celebration of Third World nationhood, turns sour. His old friends ignore him; his schoolfellows, now in office, have become corrupted; and in the last days of British rule, Bertram Francis slowly has to come to terms with the fact that he is now an outsider in the island he still considers to be home.