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No Pain Like This Body

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Set in the Eastern Caribbean at the beginning of the twentieth century, ‘No Pain Like This Body’ describes the perilous existence of a poor rice-growing family during the August rainy season. Their struggles to cope with illness, a drunken and unpredictable father, and the violence of the elements end in unbearable loss.Through vivid, vertiginous prose, and with brilliant economy and originality, Ladoo creates a fearful world of violation and grief, in the face of which even the most despairing efforts to endure stand out as acts of courage.

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‘A masterpiece of hurt’ New York Times

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MONIQUE ROFFEY

In the Caribbean, at the beginning of the last century, a poor rice-growing family struggle to exist. Four siblings pass their days in the ricefield, as does Ma. But Pa is an angry man ready to vent. It is the August rainy season and above their heads the black sky crackles with lightning.

On the day that Pa nearly drowns Ma in a tub of washing water, the children and their mother escape into the cane fields to wait out Pa’s rage. But eight-year-old Rama, catches a chill in the rain and falls ill. What follows is a tale of the inheritance of loss. It contains a heart-stopping intensity that places it as one of the greatest Caribbean novels ever written.

‘It is a novel unconcerned with anything but truth-telling’ Dionne Brand


‘To anyone who knows Caribbean literature his novel is infamous, and Ladoo is seen as one of the region’s great literary stars’ Independent

‘Ladoo drags you through this terrific hurricane, and you can never forget it’ Amanda Smyth, author of Fortune

Additional information

Weight 0.183 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.9 × 1.4 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

170

Language

English

Edition

|Reprint

Dewey

813.54 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K