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The History of a Slave (Hardback)

H.H. Johnston

Edité par Markus Wiener Publishing Inc, United States, 2012
ISBN 10: 1558765530 / ISBN 13: 9781558765535
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Titre : The History of a Slave (Hardback)

Éditeur : Markus Wiener Publishing Inc, United States

Date d'édition : 2012

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: N/A. Brand New Book. In 1889, the British colonial official Sir Harry Johnston published The History of a Slave , a story of an archetypal slave based on Johnston s extensive knowledge of North and West Africa from his travels there. The tale follows the fictitious slave from the grasslands of Cameroon northward through the commercial centres of the Sudan, at the time part of the Sokoto empire in what is now Nigeria. Eventually, the slave is taken across the Sahara to North Africa, where he recounts his experiences to his Muslim master. The details of life as an African slave come from accounts given personally to Johnston by slaves in the Barbary States and in West Equatorial Africa, particularly by Mbudikum people -- slaves who witnessed cannibalism, brutal public executions, rape and torturous forced migrations, but also the inner workings of the Sultan s court and the Sultan s army. The original book was published together with some 47 illustrations of scenes in Africa that were drawn by Johnston, and are reproduced in this edition with a new introduction and annotations by Paul Lovejoy. N° de réf. du libraire AAN9781558765535

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Synopsis : In 1889, the British colonial official Sir Harry Johnston published The History of a Slave , a story of an archetypal slave based on Johnston's extensive knowledge of North and West Africa from his travels there. The tale follows the fictitious slave from the grasslands of Cameroon northward through the commercial centres of the Sudan, at the time part of the Sokoto empire in what is now Nigeria. Eventually, the slave is taken across the Sahara to North Africa, where he recounts his experiences to his Muslim master. The details of life as an African slave come from accounts given personally to Johnston by slaves in the Barbary States and in West Equatorial Africa, particularly by Mbudikum people -- slaves who witnessed cannibalism, brutal public executions, rape and torturous forced migrations, but also the inner workings of the Sultan's court and the Sultan's army. The original book was published together with some 47 illustrations of scenes in Africa that were drawn by Johnston, and are reproduced in this edition with a new introduction and annotations by Paul Lovejoy.

Synopsis: Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston (1858?1927) was an explorer, colonial administrator and main participant in the British expansion in Africa, along with his friend Cecil Rhodes. Johnston published several accounts of his expeditions, as well as surveying native languages and culture. This text is Johnston's fictionalised account of the life of a slave, based on anecdotes he gathered on his travels. The protagonist describes his early life as the warrior son of the village chief in a brutal society where cannibalism and allegations of witchcraft were commonplace. When slavers attacked his village and captured him, 'Abu' faced a long journey across the country, survived by few, before serving a succession of masters. A vivid and eventful history of one man's survival through escape attempts, attacks by wild animals and relentless violence, which Johnston described as his attempt to give 'a realistic sketch of life in the Western Sudan'.

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