Beyond the Door of No Return
From the author of the International Booker Prize-winning At Night All Blood is Black: a moving and immersive adventure story set in eighteenth century Senegal
'I read Beyond the Door of No Return with pleasure and admiration. David Diop has opened up a new way of thinking about the eighteenth century and its hideous cruelties' Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of Afterlives
The Door of No Return, on the island of Gorée off the coast of Senegal, is where millions of Africans last touched their home continent's soil, before they were transported to slavery in the Americas.
When French naturalist Michel Adanson travels to Senegal in 1749, he hears the story of a woman who passed through the door... but then returned. He begins to search for this fabled woman, and soon his search becomes an obsession that leads him on a desperate journey through a land torn apart by slavery.
Set against the backdrop of the Age of Enlightenment and the Atlantic Slave Trade, Beyond The Door of No Return is a thrillingly subversive story of romance and adventure
Format/pages: hardback / 256 pages
Publisher: Pushkin Press