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Annalisa Oboe and Elisa Bordin

GraceLand , what type of novel? GraceLand is Chris Abani’s first acclaimed novel, winner of the 2004 Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Award, the 2005 Hemingway Foundation / PEN Award, and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction, among others. 1 A syncretic narration that mixes European literature and Caribbean music, the Holy Quran and American comics, Western movies and Bollywood films, Nigerian food and Igbo recipes, GraceLand has as its protagonist Elvis Oke, a Nigerian boy who leaves

in Chris Abani
Making the journey abroad
Emma Robinson-Tomsett

journeying. Until the Great Depression the cruise was usually limited to the rich and super-rich: in the 1920s, cruises had as few as 200 passengers.80 By the end of the 1930s, however, European and American lines offered cruises from New York, San Francisco, Southampton and Cherbourg to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands for a far greater number and socio-economic range of passengers.81 Organizing the journey: travel agents and assisted emigration Technological innovation and railway and shipping companies, however, were not solely responsible for

in Women, travel and identity