The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Quest (Paperback)

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The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Quest (Paperback)


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Praised as "a shining example of what autobiography can be: harrowing, illuminating and thoughtful" (USA Today), Aminatta Forna's intensely personal history is a passionate and vivid account of an idyllic childhood which became the stuff of nightmare. As a child she witnessed the upheavals of post-colonial Africa, danger, flight, the bitterness or exile in Britain and the terrible consequences of her dissident father's stand against tyranny.

Mohamed Forna was a man of unimpeachable integrity and enchanting charisma. As Sierra Leone faced its future as a fledgling democracy, he was a new star in the political firmament, a man who had been one of the first black students to come to Britain after the war. He stole the heart of Aminatta's mother to the dismay of her Presbyterian parents and returned with her to Sierra Leone. But as Aminatta Forna shows with compelling clarity, the old Africa was torn apart by new ways of western parliamentary democracy, which gave birth only to dictatorships and corruption of hitherto undreamed-of magnitude. It was not long before Mohamed Forna languished in jail as a prisoner of conscience, and worse to follow.

Aminatta's search for the truth that shaped both her childhood and the nation's destiny began among the country's elite and took her into the heart of rebel territory. Determined to break the silence surrounding her father's fate, she ultimately uncovered a conspiracy that penetrated the highest reaches of government and forced the nation's politicians and judiciary to confront their guilt. The Devil that Danced on the Water is a book of pain and anger and sorrow, written with tremendous dignity and beautiful precision: a remarkable, and important, story of Africa.

Aminatta Forna is the author of the novels AncestorStones, The Memory of Love, and The Hired Man, aswell as the memoir The Devil That Danced on the Water. Forna'sbooks have been translated into twenty languages. Her essays have appearedin Granta, The Guardian, The Observer, and Vogue. She is currently the Director of the Lannan Center forPoetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University.
Product Details ISBN: 9780802160867
ISBN-10: 0802160867
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: November 21st, 2023
Pages: 528
Language: English