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J. J. Bola

The Selfless Act of Breathing

€19,95

A heartbreaking, lyrical story for all of those who have fantasised about escaping their daily lives and starting over. Michael Kabongo is a British-Congolese teacher living in London on the cusp of two identities. On paper, he seems to have it all - he's loved by his students, popular with his colleagues, and enjoys the pride of his mother who emigrated from the Congo.

But behind closed doors, he's been struggling with the overwhelming sense that he can't improve the injustices he sees - from his efforts to change the lives of his students, to his attempts to transcend the violence that marginalises young Black men around the world. Then Michael suffers a devastating loss, and his life is thrown into a tailspin. As he struggles to find a way forward, memories of his fathers' violent death, the weight of being a refugee, and an increasing sense of dread threaten everything he's worked so hard to achieve.

Written in spellbinding prose, with Bola's trademark, magnetic storytelling, The Selfless Act of Breathing is a heart-wrenching and deeply emotional novel about mental health, masculinity and the power of love. What people are saying about The Selfless Act of Breathing:'Well, wow. The writing in this book was so lyrical and beautiful...

Format: Hardcover
Published: in UK in 2021
Publisher: Dialogue Books
Pages: 304
Language: English
ISBN 13: 9780349702070
ISBN 10: 0349702071

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The Selfless Act of Breathing

€19,95