First published almost fifteen years ago, The Intended’s portrayal of the instability of identity and relations between whites, African-Caribbeans and Asians in South London is as contemporary and pertinent as ever. As an Indian from Guyana, the narrator is seen as a ‘Paki’ by the English, and as some mongrel hybrid by ‘real’ Asians from India and Pakistan; as sharing a common British ‘Blackness’ whilst acutely conscious of the real cultural divisions between Africans and Indians back in Guyana.
“Passionate and honest... A vivid attempt to come to terms with the pain of immigrant experience”
David Dabydeen was born in Guyana. He has published six acclaimed novels and three collections of poetry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.