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An African in Greenland.

Tete-Michel Kpomassie.

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ISBN 10: 0151055890 / ISBN 13: 9780151055890
Edité par Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, CA, 1983
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First Edition USA [1983], so stated. Very Good+ in Very Good DJ: The Book shows indications of very careful use: three extremely faint spots at the fore-edge; a bit of crimping at the heel of the backstrip; the binding shows the slightest lean, while remaining perfectly secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows light wear to extremities; mild rubbing; a short, closed tear at the top of the rear hinge and a faint crease at the head of the backstrip; the price is unclipped; mylar-protected. No longer 'As New', but remains structurally sound and tightly bound, showing minimal wear in a lightly worn, but intact DJ. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. 298pp. Mina (Togoland) and Inuit Glossary. Translated by James Kirkup from the French. Preface by Jean Malaurie. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book. The original French edition was published in 1981. Hardback with DJ. Tété-Michel Kpomassie was a teenager in Togo when he discovered a book about Greenland—and knew that he must go there. Working his way north over nearly a decade, Kpomassie finally arrived in the country of his dreams. This brilliantly observed and superbly entertaining record of his adventures among the Inuit is a testament both to the wonderful strangeness of the human species and to the surprising sympathies that bind us all. When author Kpomassie was a teenager in his native Togo in the '50s, he nearly died in a fall, and was pledged by his father to become a priest of the python cult that cured him. While looking for a way around this future, he happened upon a book about Greenland and became obsessed with the idea of moving there and becoming a hunter. Over the course of several years, Kpomassie worked his way across West Africa and Europe before arriving in Greenland in the early '60s. He was possibly the first African to visit Greenland, and was the first black person most of the Greenlanders had ever seen. He became a minor celebrity ("I've heard about you on the radio since you arrived in the south"), as the locals, particularly children and young women, swarmed around the exotic stranger. As he made his way up the coast of west Greenland, he stopped in several towns, where he was invariably taken into someone's home as a guest and treated to fine delicacies like seal blubber and mattak (beluga whale skin).Kpomassie is an excellent observer, and this book is as good an introduction to Greenlandic culture as Gretel Ehrlich's "This Cold Heaven". Kpomassie is a much more straightforward writer than Ehrlich, and this book therefore makes an easier read. The reader gets to learn about two exotic cultures: Kpomassie's tales of his upbringing in the Mina tribe of Togo is as interesting as his travels in Greenland. N° de réf. du libraire 44473

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Titre : An African in Greenland.

Éditeur : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, CA

Date d'édition : 1983

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

Edition : First Edition USA [1983], so stated.

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Synopsis :

Born in a mud hut in a forest village in Togiland, Tete-Michel became obsessed with the idea of travelling to Greenland, and at the age of sixteen he set out on his journey.

About the Author:

TETE-MICHEL KPOMASSIE was born in Togo in 1941 and now lives in France. He left elementary school after six years and received the rest of his education in the course of his extensive travels in Europe and Africa. In 1981 he was awarded the Prix Littéraire Francophone for An African in Greenland.

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