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Out of Darkness, Shining Light

Out of Darkness, Shining Light

ISBN
9780571345342
Published
03/09/2020
9780571345342
Format
Paperback
Price
£8.99
Paperback
320

About the Book

Prize-winning author Petina Gappah's tale of Dr Livingstone's epic journey through nineteenth-century Africa is ‘incredible' (Yaa Gyasi), 'powerful' (Jesmyn Ward), and 'beautiful' (Anthony Doerr).

‘A fine writer.’ J.M. Coetzee

Wonderful.’ The Times

‘Captivating.’ Guardian

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 across the African interior so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own country. This is the story of those in the shadows of history: those who saved a white man’s bones, his dark companions, who became his faithful retinue on an epic funeral march - little knowing that his corpse carried the maps that sowed the seeds of the continent’s brutal colonisation and enslavement. This is the story of how human bravery, loyalty, and love can triumph over darkness - and it is Petina Gappah's radical masterpiece.

‘Incredible.’ Yaa Gyasi

‘Beautiful.’ Anthony Doerr

Powerful.’ Jesmyn Ward

Prize-winning author Petina Gappah's tale of Dr Livingstone's epic journey through nineteenth-century Africa is ‘incredible' (Yaa Gyasi), 'powerful' (Jesmyn Ward), and 'beautiful' (Anthony Doerr).‘A fine writer.’ J.M. Coetzee ‘Wonderful.’ The Times ‘Captivating.’ GuardianThis 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 across the African interior so that he could be borne across the sea and buried in his own country. This is the story of those in the shadows of history: those who saved a white man’s bones, his dark companions, who became his faithful retinue on an epic funeral march - little knowing that his corpse carried the maps that sowed the seeds of the continent’s brutal colonisation and enslavement. This is the story of how human bravery, loyalty, and love can triumph over darkness - and it is Petina Gappah's radical masterpiece.‘Incredible.’ Yaa Gyasi‘Beautiful.’ Anthony Doerr‘Powerful.’ Jesmyn Ward
  • Petina Gappah

    Petina Gappah is a Zimbabwean writer with law degrees from Cambridge, Graz University and the University of Zimbabwe. Her debut story collection, An Elegy for Easterly, won the Guardian First Book Prize in 2009.

“A fine writer and a rising star of Zimbabwean literature.”
- J.M. Coetzee
“Engrossing, beautiful and deeply imaginative ... A masterful writer.”
- Yaa Gyasi

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