The Old Drift

Serpell’s hundred-year saga of three families and their intertwined fortunes is as unique as it is ambitious.

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Review of ‘The Old Drift’

Early in Namwali Serpell’s brilliant and many-layered debut novel, a turn-of-the-century British colonialist named Percy Clark wanders through the corner of what was then called Northwest Rhodesia (and is now the nation of Zambia) and complains: “I do seem plagued by the unpunishable crimes of others.” It is, in a sense, a fitting slogan for…

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