Out of Darkness, Shining Light - Gappah, Petina
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Petina Gappah's epic journey through nineteenth-century Africa - following the funeral caravan who bore Bwana Daudi's body - is 'engrossing, beautiful and deeply imaginative.' (Yaa Gyasi) 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…mehr

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Petina Gappah's epic journey through nineteenth-century Africa - following the funeral caravan who bore Bwana Daudi's body - is 'engrossing, beautiful and deeply imaginative.' (Yaa Gyasi) 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.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Faber & Faber, London
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 28598
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  • Seitenzahl: 302
  • Erscheinungstermin: 5. September 2019
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 231mm x 156mm x 27mm
  • Gewicht: 404g
  • ISBN-13: 9780571345335
  • ISBN-10: 0571345336
  • Artikelnr.: 55197113
Autorenporträt
Gappah, Petina
Petina Gappah is an international lawyer and writer who was born in Kitwe, Zambia and raised in Zimbabwe. She is the author of An Elegy for Easterly, The Book of Memory and Rotten Row. Her work has shortlisted for, among others, the Orwell Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN America Open Book Award and the Prix Femina (Étrangers). She is the 2009 recipient of the Guardian First Book Award and the 2016 recipient of the McKitterick Prize from the Society of Authors. Having spent more than a decade working as an international trade lawyer in Geneva, Petina now divides her time between Harare and Berlin, where she is a fellow of the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm.
Rezensionen
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
A Lit Hub, Millions, and Buzzfeed Most Anticipated Book "Petina Gappah lists at least 30 books in the bibliography of her scrupulously researched new novel. This being the case, one imagines the author might well be dealing with subject matter that leaves precious little room for her to reinvent, to present us with a new view of a man whose story has been so thoroughly picked over. However, Gappah has chosen an ingenious way to approach Livingstone's life: She focuses on his death...After all, the real heroes of this carefully crafted novel are Halima and Wainwright and the other Africans history has hitherto condemned to suffer in silence. It is to the novel's credit that after 150 years we can now hear their voices." -The New York Times Book Review "David Livingstone, the 19th-century Scottish missionary who set out to find the source of the Nile, casts a long shadow over East Africa, and Gappah explores his legacy in her new novel. Narrated by Halima, Livingstone's cook and slave, and Jacob, a pious freed slave, as Livingstone's corpse is taken to the coast of Africa, the story offers a fresh look at the enduring history of colonialism." -The New York Times, 17 New Books to Watch For in September "Based on Livingstone's journals and narrated by his gossipy cook and a freedman with a messiah complex, this textured novel illuminates the agonies of colonialism and blind loyalty-Conrad's heart of darkness in reverse." -O, the Oprah Magazine "Ambitious...There are love triangles, power struggles, brushes with slave traders, clashes with hostile strangers-even murder. Livingstone left "a track of light where the white men who followed him could go in perfect safety," Gappah writes, referring to the ensuing Scramble for Africa, in which the continent was divided up among European powers. Gappah's characters foresee but cannot stop a future that haunts the novel." -The New Yorker "Searing, poignant, often hilarious...Gappah's treatment of her characters' odyssey, by turns playful and tragic, is underpinned by a larger theme: the legacy of colonization...The result is an intricate storytelling that delves deep into the disturbing yet indelible relationship between two continents, with the enigmatic Livingstone both an avatar of colonial aggression and a figure beloved by the people who knew him best. Out of Darkness, Shining Light beautifully evokes the moral ambiguities that lurk within the human heart, revealing a talent that continues to grow from book to book." -The Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Petina Gappah's work of historical fiction delves into the story of two African servants of famed 19th-century explorer David Livingstone. After Livingstone's death, the pair are among those who transport his body, and his notes, 1,000 miles to ensure the body's safe return to England. The novel glows with the insightful voices of the two servants and the strength of their devotion." -Christian Science Monitor, Best Books of September "Perhaps no story was as ripe for the Wide Sargasso Sea treatment (the revision of a classic by marginalized voices) as the tale of missionary David Livingstone's death in Africa. In contrasting styles, the Zimbabwean novelist lets two characters describe their trek across Africa with Livingstone's body, beautifully complicating the narrative." -Vulture, Best and Biggest Books to Read This Fall "Petina Gappah's novel is about exploration and adventure in nineteenth-century Africa-the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body, his papers and maps, fifteen hundred miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there." -E! Online, 15 Books to Cozy Up with This Fall "A rich, vivid, and addictive book filled with memorably drawn characters. This is a humane, riveting, epic novel that spotlights marginalized historical voices." -Kirkus, starred, Best Historic…mehr