A novel, also a philosophical tale in which destiny entraps the innocent protagonist and holds him fast A man s life is ruined when he is unjustly accused of adultery.
This collection of Edo or Benin folk tales is an oral history of Edo culture and tradition It tells the story of how the ancient Edo conceived of the world and how they attempted both to explain the origins of their human existence on earth and to interpret their environment.
This is a travel book about Dahomey Benin an inhospitable country in Africa where corruption is rife and where Catholicism shares a place with Gri Gri, the local Voodoo The muslim north of the country is arid and tough, whereas the south is colourful, sophisticated and artistic The countryside
In 1812, Francisco Manoel da Silva, escaping a life of poverty in Brazil, sailed to the African kingdom of Dahomey, determined to make his fortune in the slave trade Armed with nothing but an iron will, he became a man of substance in Ouidah and the founder of a remarkable dynasty His one remainin
From the author of the national bestseller A Small Death in Lisbon and The Company of Strangers comes Wilson s compelling first novel, never before available in the United States Bruce Medway s existence as a fixer and troubleshooter had been tough, but never life threatening until he crossed paths
A collection of nineteen folk stories from the Fon people of Benin, about orphans and twins with magical associations, spirits, animals, royalty, and farmers.
This is a rare achievement translation of contemporary francophone African literature into English, and published within Africa, with the aim of promoting greater understanding and links across the continent The impetus came from the focus on francophone Africa at the Zimbabwe International Book F
Jessie Bollier often played his fife to earn a few pennies down by the New Orleans docks One afternoon a sailor asked him to pipe a tune, and that evening Jessie was kidnapped and dumped aboard The Moonlight, a slave ship, where a hateful duty awaited him He was to play music so the slaves could
With wry humour and a deft touch, Butterfly Fish, the outstanding first novel by a stunning new writer, is a work of elegant and captivating storytelling A dual narrative set in contemporary London and 18th century Benin in Africa, the book traverses the realms of magic realism with luminous style
When Gods Bleed takes you into the world surrounding three kings in the year 1496 at West Africa The first balancing tradition and politics to stabilize a kingdom and remain in power, the second wrestling sacrifice and destiny to rule a kingdom and the third, observing the change of a nation by par
Dada Segbo, the first king of Dahomey, wants a bride He can afford the finest gifts to bestow upon her family, but he prefers not to part with any of his wealth So he offers only one cowry shell How can he find a worthy bride for such a pittance I will find the king a wife for only one cowry , p
This is a book for both young and old lovers of folklore Why Monkeys Live in Trees and Other Stories from Benin is a rich tapestry of oral tales that come from a wide range of Beninese ethnic groups They include trickster tales and sacred tales involving the greatest and meanest of mankind, as wel
Wives of the Leopard explores power and culture in a pre colonial West African state whose army of women and practice of human sacrifice earned it notoriety in the racist imagination of late nineteenth century Europe and America Tracing two hundred years of the history of Dahomey up to the French
La notte dura un secolo a Cotonou A caccia dell assassino di una squillo d alto bordo e di una valigetta piena di polvere d angelo ci sono, per scopi diversi, il commissario Santos e l ispettore Kakanakou Sma n detto l Arabo, un faccendiere arricchitosi chiss come l agente di sicurezza Sdk e due