Segu

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The year is 1797, and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing. The people of Segu, the Bambara, are guided by their griots and priests while their lives are ruled by nature. But change is about to come: from the east comes a new religion, Islam, and from the West, the slave trade. Segu follows the life of Dousika Traore, the king’s most trusted advisor, and his four sons: Tiekoro, who embraces Islam; Siga, a merchant; Naba, who is kidnapped by slave traders; and Malobali, a mercenary and half-hearted Christian. Drawing on historical events, Maryse Condé brilliantly captures the struggle of a growing nation trying to cope with jihads, national rivalries, and racism.

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‘Maryse Condé 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 Condé’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

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Weight 0.351 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm
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Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

497

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

843.914 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K