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The History of a Slave (Hardback)

H.H. Johnston

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

Éditeur : Markus Wiener Publishing Inc, United States

Date d'édition : 2012

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

Edition : Revised ed..

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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.

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Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston (1858-1927) was an explorer and colonial administrator. This book is his fictionalised account of the life of a slave, based on anecdotes gathered on his travels. A brutal and often gruesome depiction of one man's survival in the face of violence, cannibalism and extreme cruelty.

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