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Queen Pokou : concerto for a sacrifice /
by Véronique Tadjo ; translated from the French by Amy Baram Reid.
imprint
Banbury, UK : Ayebia ; [London] : Arts Council England ; Boulder, CO : Distributed outside Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom and in the USA exclusively by Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009.
description
xxiii, 70 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
0955507995 (pbk.), 9780955507991 (pbk.)
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imprint
Banbury, UK : Ayebia ; [London] : Arts Council England ; Boulder, CO : Distributed outside Africa, Europe and the United Kingdom and in the USA exclusively by Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009.
isbn
0955507995 (pbk.)
9780955507991 (pbk.)
catalogue key
7056420
 
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Main Description
Woven into the historic framework of the founding of the Baoule people by Queen Abraha Pokou in the 18th century, Tadjo's novel explores not only the most intimate of relationships - that between mother and child - but also the trans-Atlantic slave trade. A bridge between Tadjo's long and short fiction, it has often been read as a reflection of the bloody ethnic wars that have only recently engulfed West Africa once again.
Main Description
This award-winning novel, woven into the framework of eighteenth century West Africa, recounts the story of Queen Abraha Pokou¿s sacrifice of her son to save the Baoule people. But it is also much more than that. Telling and retelling the story, changing key elements each time¿what if the queen saved her son? what if she went crazy from grief? what if she ended up on a slave ship? and so on¿Véronique Tadjo explores both intimate personal relationships and broad historical themes. Her multiple retellings of events surrounding the founding of the Baoule invites discussion not only of the past, but also about the challenges of the present, most notably the bloody ethnic wars that have engulfed West Africa in recent decades. Both enchantingly poetic and deceptively simple, Queen Pokou received the prestigious Grand Prix littéraire d¿Afrique noire in 2005.
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'Queen Pokou' serves as a bridge between Tadjo's long and short fiction. Woven into the historic frame of the founding of the Baoule people by Queen Abraha Pokou in the 18th century, Tadji explores not only the most intimate of relationships - that between mother and child, but also the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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