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In Sierra Leoneby Michael Jackson
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In 2002, as Sierra Leone prepared to announce the end of its brutal civil war, the distinguished anthropologist, poet, and novelist Michael Jackson returned to the country where he had intermittently lived and worked as an ethnographer since 1969. While his initial concern was to help his old friend Sewa Bockarie (S. B.) Marah — a prominent figure in Sierra Leonean politics — write his autobiography, Jackson's experiences during his stay led him to create a more complex work: In Sierra Leone, a beautifully rendered mosaic integrating S. B.'s moving stories with personal reflections, ethnographic digressions, and meditations on history and violence.
Though the Revolutionary United Front (R.U.F.) ostensibly fought its war (1991-2002) against corrupt government, the people of Sierra Leone were its victims. By the time the war was over, thousands had been maimed, more than 50,000 were dead, and over one million were displaced. Jackson relates the stories of political leaders and ordinary people trying to salvage their lives and livelihoods in the aftermath of cataclysmic violence. Combining these with his own knowledge of African folklore, history, and politics and with S. B.'s bittersweet memories — of his family's rich heritage, his imprisonment as a political detainee, and his position in several of Sierra Leone's post independence governments — Jackson has created a work of elegiac, literary, and philosophical power.
"[A] melancholic, reflective and informed work that will fascinate readers wishing to learn more about West African politics and people." Publishers Weekly
"Choosing substance and intellectual discussion over cheap dramatic moments, the author has crafted a sociopolitical memoir that's educational and memorable." David Pitt, Booklist
"[A] powerful reaffirmation of Sierra Leonean social resilience... transforms a complex and violent world into an inspiringly evocative painting." Paul Stoller, Anthropological Quarterly
The reminiscences of an anthropologist revisiting the site of his fieldwork from the 1970s; it is also an account of the life of a prominent politician (and friend of the author) in Sierra Leone.
About the Author
Michael Jackson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. He is an award-winning poet, novelist, and anthropologist. Among his many books are Minima Ethnographica: Intersubjectivity and the Anthropological Project; Barawa, and the Ways Birds Fly in the Sky; At Home in the World (published by Duke University Press); Pieces of Music, a novel; and Antipodes, a collection of poetry.
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