Black Gold of the Sun

Black Gold of the Sun

Searching for Home in Africa and Beyond

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Random House, Inc.
Intimate and beautifully written, Black Gold of the Sun is a compelling memoir that chronicles a man’s journey to his ancestral home and to the hidden keeps of his heritage.

In 2001, at the age of thirty-three, Ekow Eshun–born in London to African-born parents–embarks on a trip to Ghana in search of his roots, and in this rich narrative he evokes both the physical and emotional aspects of his travels. Eshun makes his way to Accra, Ghana’s cosmopolitan capital city; to the storied slave forts of Elmina; to the historic warrior kingdom of Asante. He reflects on earlier pilgrims who followed the same path–W. E. B. DuBois, Richard Wright, Malcolm X–and on the millions of slaves shipped to the West from the Ghanaian coast. He recalls the racially charged years of his youth, and he considers the paradoxes and possibilities in contemporary Britain for someone like himself. Finally, he uncovers a long-held secret about his lineage that will compel him to question everything he knows about himself and about where he comes from.

Written with exquisite particularity of place and mind, and with rare immediacy and candor, Black Gold of the Sun tells a story of identity, belonging, and unexpected hope.

Baker & Taylor
A memoir recalls the author's journey to Ghana in search of his roots, reflecting on the physical, historical, and emotional aspects of his odyssey; his racially charged youth; and long-hidden secrets about his heritage.

Book News
A former editor of the British men's magazine Arena, Eshun is currently artistic director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Born in London to African-born parents, he traveled to Ghana in 2002, at the age of 33, to examine his roots. The resulting memoir is a story of identity, belonging, and unexpected hope. No subject index. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Black Gold of the Sun is a memoir that chronicles a man's journey to his ancestral home and to the hidden keeps of his heritage.
In 2001, at the age of thirty-three, Ekow Eshun - born in London to African-born parents - embarks on a trip to Ghana in search of his roots, and in this rich narrative he evokes both the physical and emotional aspects of his travels. Eshun makes his way to Accra, Ghana's cosmopolitan capital city; to the storied slave forts of Elmina; to the historic warrior kingdom of Asante. He reflects on earlier pilgrims who followed the same path - W. E. B. DuBois, Richard Wright, Malcolm X - and on the millions of slaves shipped to the West from the Ghanaian coast. He recalls the racially charged years of his youth, and he considers the paradoxes and possibilities in contemporary Britain for someone like himself. Finally, he uncovers a long-held secret about his lineage that will compel him to question everything he knows about himself and about where he comes from.

Baker
& Taylor

An evocative, deeply personal memoir recalls the author's--born in London to native African parents--journey to Ghana in search of his roots, reflecting on the physical, historical, and emotional aspects of his odyssey; his racially charged youth; and long-hidden secrets about his heritage. 12,500 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2005]
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780375424182
0375424180
Branch Call Number: 916.6704 ESHUN
Characteristics: viii, 229 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Notes: Originally published: London ; New York : Hamish Hamilton, 2005

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