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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The book has no faults.

The dimensions: 152x221mm.
Pages: 275
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date: 2000

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The Atlantic Sound
By Caryl Phillips

Liverpool, England; Accra, Ghana; Charleston, South Carolina. These were the points of the triangle forming the major route of the transatlantic slave trade. And these are the cities that acclaimed author Caryl Phillips explores-physically, historically, psychologically in this wide-ranging meditation on the legacy of slavery and the impact of the African diaspora on the life of a place and its people.

In a brilliantly layered narrative, Phillips combines his own observations with the stories of figures from the past. The experiences of an African trader in nineteenth-century Liverpool are contrasted with Phillips's experience of the city, where, as a Caribbean black, he is scorned by the city's "native" blacks. His interactions with American Pan-Africanists coming "home" to Ghana (and with those Ghanaians for whom leaving seems the best hope) are paired with the account of a British-trained African minister in eighteenth-century Accra who turned a blind eye to the slave trade flourishing around him. The story of a white judge who disrupted "the natural order" in Charleston by integrating the Democratic primary in 1947 is set against Phillips's search for remnants of the "pest houses" where slaves were "seasoned" be fore being sold.

A provocative and unexpected book, at once historically illuminating and profoundly affecting

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