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Publisher Comments:

The year is 1797, and the kingdom of Segu is flourishing, fed by the wealth of its noblemen and the power of its warriors. The people of Segu, the Bambara, are guided by their griots and priests; their lives are ruled by the elements. But even their soothsayers can only hint at the changes to come, for the battle of the soul of Africa has begun. 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, whose fates embody the forces tearing at the fabric of the nation. There is Tiekoro, who renounces his people’s religion and embraces Islam; Siga, who defends tradition, but becomes a merchant; Naba, who is kidnapped by slave traders; and Malobali, who becomes a mercenary and halfhearted Christian.

Based on actual events, Segu transports the reader to a fascinating time in history, capturing the earthy spirituality, religious fervor, and violent nature of a people and a growing nation trying to cope with jihads, national rivalries, racism, amid the vagaries of commerce.

Synopsis:

Conde depicts the Bambara of 1797, a kingdom in Africa flourishing before thecoming of Islam and slavery. The tale follows the Traore family, a noble clanentrusted by the king. The four Traore sons embody the contemporaneous forcestearing at the very fabric of the nation.

About the Author

A native of Guadeloupe, Maryse Condé lived for many years in Paris, where she taught West Indian literature at the Sorbonne. The author of several novels that have been well received in France (both Segu and its sequel were best-sellers), she has lectured widely in the United States and now divides her time between Guadeloupe and New York city, where she teaches at Columbia University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140259490
Other:
Conde, Maryse
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Conde, Maryse
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Bambara (African people)
Subject:
Sâegou (Mali : Region) History Fiction.
Subject:
Sâegou
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Sâegou (Mali : Region) History.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
7.74x5.10x.97 in. .76 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 512 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140259490 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Conde depicts the Bambara of 1797, a kingdom in Africa flourishing before thecoming of Islam and slavery. The tale follows the Traore family, a noble clanentrusted by the king. The four Traore sons embody the contemporaneous forcestearing at the very fabric of the nation.

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