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The Counting House

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Set in the nineteenth century, “The Counting House” narrates the experiences of an Indian couple, Rohinia and Vidia, growing up and getting married in a small Indian village before setting off for a new life in colonial Guyana, seduced by tales of the promised land and the riches they will find there. However, instead of fertile fields and instant wealth they find they have been sold into slavery. Having abandoned their families, their culture, and a country that seems increasingly like a paradise, Rohini and Vidia learn how to live with themselves, whose hopes end in tragedy. The story illuminates historical tensions between indentured Indian workers and Guyanese of African descent.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR David
Dabydeen

Professor David is a Guyanese novelist, poet and academic. He was Guyana’s Ambassador to UNESCO from 1997 to 2010 and Guyana’s Ambassador to China from 2010 to 2015. David also served at the University of Warwick from 1984 to 2017 as Director of the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies and Professor of Postcolonial Literature.

Among his literary publications are Coolie Odyssey (Hansib, 1988), The Intended (Secker and Warburg, 1991) and The Counting House (Jonathan Cape ,1996). He co-edited with Brinsley Samaroo, India in the Caribbean (Hansib, 1988) and Across the Dark Waters: Ethnicity and Indian Identity in the Caribbean (Macmillan, 1996). David has also produced an edition for Macmillan of John Edward Jenkins’ Lutchmee and Dilloo (1877), the first novel on Indo-Guianese life. (From Ameena Gafour Institute)

Professor David is a Guyanese novelist, poet and academic. He was Guyana’s Ambassador to UNESCO from 1997 to 2010 and Guyana’s Ambassador to China from 2010 to 2015. David also served at the University of Warwick from 1984 to 2017 as Director of the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies and Professor of Postcolonial Literature.

Among his literary publications are Coolie Odyssey (Hansib, 1988), The Intended (Secker and Warburg, 1991) and The Counting House (Jonathan Cape ,1996). He co-edited with Brinsley Samaroo, India in the Caribbean (Hansib, 1988) and Across the Dark Waters: Ethnicity and Indian Identity in the Caribbean (Macmillan, 1996). David has also produced an edition for Macmillan of John Edward Jenkins’ Lutchmee and Dilloo (1877), the first novel on Indo-Guianese life. (From Ameena Gafour Institute)

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
08/08/1996
Country
Guyana
Original Language
English
Publisher
Jonathan Cape, Vintage

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