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July's book club selection is Beyond the Door of No Return by David Diop. Purchase it below!

Attention: Interabang's Book Club will meet the second Wednesday of July to accommodate the 4th of July holiday.
 


Description



Paris, 1806. The renowned botanist Michel Adanson lies on his deathbed, the masterwork to which he dedicated his life still incomplete. As he expires, the last word to escape his lips is a woman’s name: Maram.


The key to this mysterious woman’s identity is Adanson’s unpublished memoir of the years he spent in Senegal, concealed in a secret compartment in a chest of drawers. Therein lies a story as fantastical as it is tragic: Maram, it turns out, is none other than the fabled revenant. A young woman of noble birth from the kingdom of Waalo, Maram was sold into slavery but managed to escape from the Island of Gorée—a major embarkation point of the transatlantic slave trade—to a small village hidden in the forest. While on a research expedition in West Africa as a young man, Adanson hears the story of the revenant and becomes obsessed with finding her. Accompanied by his guide, he ventures deep into the Senegalese bush on a journey that reveals not only the savagery of the French colonial occupation but also the unlikely transports of the human heart.

Written with sensitivity and narrative flair, David Diop’s Beyond the Door of No Return is a love story like few others. Drawing on the richness and lyricism of Senegal’s oral traditions, Diop has constructed a historical epic of the highest order.

 

About the Author


David Diop was born in Paris and was raised in Senegal. He is the head of the Arts, Languages, and Literature Department at the University of Pau, where his research includes such topics as eighteenth-century French literature and European representations of Africa in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His second novel, At Night All Blood Is Black, was awarded the International Booker Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction.
Wednesday, July 10th, 6:00PM
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Beyond the Door of No Return: A Novel

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By David Diop, Sam Taylor

Beyond the Door of No Return: A Novel By David Diop, Sam Taylor (Translated by) Cover Image
By David Diop, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374606770
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2023

Beyond the Door of No Return: A Novel By David Diop, Sam Taylor (Translated by) Cover Image
By David Diop, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374606770
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 19th, 2023

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in discussion on the David Diop novel, led by Lori Feathers