The General Is Up


Author: Peter Nazareth

9789380739656 | PB | pp. 171 | 2013 | Goa 1556

This novel set in Africa seems to be a fictionalised account of expulsion of Asians from Idi Amin’s Uganda.

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The General Is Up is a “novel set in modern Africa” by Peter Nazareth. Its story seems, at first glance, to be a fictionalised version of the expulsion of Asians from Idi Amin‘s Uganda in the 1970s. But its writer sees it as being something more than this. The author was associate professor in Iowa University‘s Department of English and the Afro-American Studies Programme, at the time of writing the novel, published by the Calcutta (Kolkata)-based Writer’s Workshop in 1984. Nazareth is a writer of Goan origin, and the novel is set, in large part, among the expat community of Goans, which has had a large number of out-migrants scattered across the globe, including, in the recent past, in Uganda, East Africa.

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Peter Nazareth (born 1940) was born in Uganda of Goan and Malaysian ancestry, and was educated at Makerere University (Uganda) and at the universities of London and Leeds in England. While residing in Africa, he simultaneously served as senior finance officer in Idi Amin’s finance ministry until 1973, when he accepted a fellowship at Yale University (United States) and emigrated from Uganda.

He is currently professor of English and African-American World Studies at the University of Iowa (United States), where he is also a consultant to the International Writing Program. Nazareth attracted major media attention for teaching that university’s popular course “Elvis as Anthology,” which explores the deep mythological roots of Elvis Presley’s roles in popular culture. His literary criticisms have been enriched by his trenchant observations of the fate of diverse global economic and academic migrants, spanning the Asian, African and black American cultural histories. This includes specifically, the Goan diaspora settled in Western countries, the post Idi Amin Asian emigration from Eastern Africa and of the cultural superstitions of the pre Obama presidency of American politics.


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