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Segu by Maryse Conde
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Sep 01, 1996 | ISBN 9780140259490

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“The most significant novel about black Africa published in many a year.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Condé . . . is the great novelist of the Afro-Atlantic world, and Segu, her masterpiece, is the mother of diaspora epics. . . . Despite its magisterial scope, Segu is also warm and gossipy, and . . . Condé has a wicked sense of humor.” —The New Yorker

“Condé is a born storyteller.” —Publishers Weekly

“Exotic, richly textured and detailed, this narrative, alternating between the lives of various characters, illuminates magnificently a little known historical period. Virtually every page glitters with nuggets of cultural fascination.” —Los Angeles Times

“A wondrous novel about a period of African history few other writers have addressed. . . . Much of the novel’s radiance comes from the lush description of a traditional life that is both exotic and violent.” —Charles L. Larson, The New York Times Book Review

“With the dazzling storytelling skills of an African griot, Maryse Condé has written a rich, fast-paced saga of a great kingdom during the tumultuous period of the slave trade and the coming of Islam. Segu is history as vivid and immediate as today. It has restored a part of my past that has long been missing.” —Paule Marshall

Segu is an overwhelming accomplishment. It injects into the density of history characters who are as alive as you and I. Passionate, lusty, greedy, they are in conflict with themselves as well as with God and Mammon. Maryse Condé has done us all a tremendous service by rendering a history so compelling and exciting. Segu is a literary masterpiece I could not put down.” —Louise Meriwether

“A stunning reaffirmation of Africa and its peoples as set down by others whose works have gone unnoticed. Ms. Condé not only backs them up, but provides new insights as well. . . . Segu has its own dynamic. It’s a starburst.” —John A. Williams

“A novel of wide scope, depth and power. Condé proves herself a careful observer of human behavior as she helps the reader to understand and feel the turmoil of a confused continent. She captures a fascinating time in history with its earth spirituality, religious fervor and the violent nature of a people and their growing nation. . . . Brims over with intelligence and wit.” —Anniston Star

Segu, a tale of love and intrigue, is fascinating, for the reader experiences the fervor of those tumultuous times.” —Chattanooga Times Free Press

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