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Out of Darkness, Shining Light

English · Paperback / Softback

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'Engrossing, beautiful and deeply imaginative.' ?Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing This is the story of the body of Bwana Daudi, the Doctor, the explorer David Livingstone - and the sixty-nine men and women who carried his remains for 1,500 miles so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own country . The wise men of his age say Livingstone blazed into the darkness of their native land leaving a track of light behind where white men who followed him could tread in perfect safety. But in Petina Gappah's radical novel, it is those in the shadows of history - those who saved a white man's bones; his dark companions; his faithful retinue on an epic funeral march - whose voices are resurrected with searing intensity. This final, fateful journey across the African interior is lead by Halima, Livingstone's sharp-tongued cook, and three of his most devoted servants: Jacob, Chuma and Susi. Their tale of how his corpse was borne out of nineteenth-century Africa - carrying the maps that sowed the seeds of the continent's brutal colonisation - has the power of myth. It is not only symbolic of slavery's hypocrisy, but a portrait of a world trembling on the cusp of total change - and a celebration of human bravery, loyalty and love.

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Engrossing, beautiful, and deeply imaginative, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, is a novel that lends voice to those who appeared only as footnotes in history, yet whose final, brave act of loyalty and respect changed the course of it. An incredible and important book by a masterful writer. Yaa Gyasi

Product details

Authors Petina Gappah, Pettina Gappah
Publisher Faber and Faber
 
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 30.09.2019
 
EAN 9780571345335
ISBN 978-0-571-34533-5
No. of pages 432
Dimensions 153 mm x 234 mm x 22 mm

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