The Devil That Danced on the Water

The Devil That Danced on the Water

A Daughter's Quest

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the author's childhood in postcolonial Africa, her dissident father's actions against British tyranny that resulted in his imprisonment, and her struggle to learn his fate and expose the conspiracy surrounding his death.

Blackwell North Amer
Aminatta Forna's intensely personal history is a passionate and vivid account of an African childhood, an idyll that became the stuff of nightmare. As a child she witnessed the upheavals of post-colonial Africa, danger, flight, the bitterness of exile in Britain, and the terrible consequences of her dissident father's stand against tyranny.
Mohamed Forna was a man of unimpeachable integrity and great charisma. As Sierra Leone faced its future as a fledgling democracy, he was a new star in the political firmament, a man who had been one of the first black students to come to Britain after the war. Already a political firebrand and a stylish dresser, he stole the heart of Aminatta's mother, to the dismay of her Presbyterian parents, and returned with her to Sierra Leone. But as Aminatta Forna shows with compelling clarity, the old Africa was torn apart by the new ways of Western parliamentary democracy, which gave birth only to dictatorships and corruption of hitherto undreamed-of magnitude. It was not long before Mohamed Forna languished in jail as a prisoner of conscience, and worse was to follow.
Aminatta's search for the truth that shaped both her childhood and the nation's destiny began among the country's elite and took her into the heart of rebel territory. Determined to break the silence surrounding her father's fate, she ultimately uncovered a conspiracy that penetrated the highest reaches of government and forced the nation's politicians to confront their guilt.

Baker
& Taylor

Recounts the author's childhood in postcolonial Africa, her dissident father's actions against British tyranny that resulted in his imprisonment, and her struggle to learn his fate and expose the conspiracy surrounding his death. 35,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780871138651
0871138654
Branch Call Number: 966.404 FORNA FORNA
Notes: Originally published: London : HarperCollins, 2002

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mahallett
Aug 23, 2015

a good story. a little too long, like she couldn't stop looking for her father.

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uncommonreader
May 01, 2012

Autobiographic. A daughter investigates the executiion of her father for treason 25 years ago in Sierre Leone. I learned about the country from this book.

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