Caryl Phillips: A Distant Shore

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A Distant Shore, published in 2003, is the seventh novel by prolific author, essayist and playwright Caryl Phillips. In the vein of much of his previous work, this is a novel of displacement and alienation; however, this experience is no longer solely the burden of immigrants and refugees – those like Gabriel who have undergone national displacements and ruptures – but is shared by internal migrants, such as Dorothy, the novel’s white protagonist. This is notably Phillips’s first novel set in contemporary Britain, signalling a historical and geographical remove from his earlier oeuvre that subsequently affects the treatment of familiar subject matter (race, racism and national identity).

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Ilott, Sarah. "A Distant Shore". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 October 2013
[, accessed 03 July 2015.]

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