A Line in the River by Jamal Mahjoub review – Khartoum, city of memory

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The novelist rediscovers the Sudanese city where he grew up

Novelist Jamal Mahjoub’s mother had a comfortable, middle-class English upbringing. His father was from Sudan; “born in a house of mud bricks”, he “received only a rudimentary education”. They met in London and married in 1955, breaking “centuries of taboo”: a black man marrying a white woman.

Mahjoub grew up in his father’s city of Khartoum, which, like the rest of Sudan, “is not one city at all, but fractured”. Built at the confluence of the Blue and White Niles, it is split into three. “This multiplicity hangs over the city as a stark reminder of the country’s nature: diversity, plurality and the potential of unity.”

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