Book review: the Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa

Several Amandla members present a round table book review of Moses Isegawa’s epic “The Abyssinian Chronicles”. Told through the nuanced, captivating, and morally questionable main character Mugezi, The Abyssinian Chronicles explores the political and social upheavals of modern Uganda, and creates a portrait of modern Uganda.

The New York Times book review says this on Abyssinian Chronicles:

“Isegawa’s theme, periodically and sometimes haphazardly inserted, is that the implants of colonialism, proselytizing religions, party politics, capitalism, militarism and international financial aid have distorted Uganda’s authenticity and rendered it a realm of baleful imagination. Isegawa’s own imagination is suitably dark (like Mugezi, his narrator, he left Uganda as a very young man and is now a Dutch citizen). His book is also gaudy, sporadically brilliant, disjointed and often tongue-tied by writing that alternates between an absorbingly straightforward account of Uganda’s recent history and a lumpy porridge of ornate venting. It sometimes resembles a car crash.”