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Segu - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 512 Pages / Published: 06/04/2017
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'Maryse Conde is an extraordinary storyteller who brings the history of an African kingdom alive as vividly as if it existed today. . . This is a great novel: unputdownable and unforgettable' Bernardine Evaristo

Winner of the Alternative Nobel Prize for Literature 2018

The bestselling epic novel of family, treachery, rivalry, religious fervour and the turbulent fate of a royal African dynasty

It is 1797 and the African kingdom of Segu, born of blood and violence, is at the height of its power. Yet Dousika Traore, the king's most trusted advisor, feels nothing but dread. Change is coming. From the East, a new religion, Islam. From the West, the slave trade. These forces will tear his country, his village and the lives of his beloved sons apart, in Maryse Conde's glittering epic.


'Rich and colorful and glorious. It sprawls over continents and centuries to find its way into the reader's heart' - Maya Angelou

'A stunning reaffirmation of Africa and its peoples... It's a starburst' - John A. Williams

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241293515
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 351 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Conde's story is rich and colorful and glorious. It sprawls over continents and centuries to find its way into the reader's heart -- Maya Angelou
A stunning reaffirmation of Africa and its peoples... It's a starburst -- John A. Williams
The grand queen, the empress, of Caribbean literature -- Fiammetta Rocco * Guardian *
Maryse Conde is an extraordinary storyteller who brings the history of an African kingdom alive as vividly as if it existed today. Suspenseful, shocking, panoramic and hugely engrossing, the novel explores the politics and impact of external and domestic forces on nineteenth century west Africa through wonderfully realised characters and their complicated relationships. This is a great novel: unputdownable and unforgettable -- Bernardine Evaristo
If there were no tools on a desert island, I would take Segu by Maryse Conde. This generational family saga has so many layers that I can read and reread it, in between figuring out how to build a raft -- Chibundu Onuzo * Time Out *
Richly textured and detailed, this narrative, alternating between the lives of various characters, illuminates magnificently a little known historical period. Virtually every page glitters with nuggets of cultural fascination -- Howard Kaplan * Los Angeles Times *
A wondrous novel about a period of African history few other writers have addressed -- Charles L. Larson * New York Times Book Review *

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