In this comic saga, a brilliant young man named Mugezi grows up in Uganda. When Idi Amin's 1971 coup destroys the home of the aunt he stays with, he returns to his parents, who have moved to the city looking for work. Unwelcome and in the way, Mugezi escapes to university, and eventually ends up living in Amsterdam. Throughout the novel, the political situation in Africa shapes Mugezi's life and, when he leaves, he sees his homeland in an entirely new light. A New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.