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Black Gold of the Sun

by Ekow Eshun - £10.99  Penguin Books Ltd (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780141010960 | ISBN 10: 0141010967

Growing up in London, Ekow Eshun never felt truly at home. Born in Britain to African parents, he found himself caught between two cultures without fully belonging to either. Plagued by the unease of dual identity, he travels to Africa to look for an idea of home - only to discover he's as much of a stranger there as in Britain. As he retraces the steps of his ancestors, Eshun's journey becomes an increasingly disorienting search to locate a sense of self that's not reliant on place.
 
Pitched back into his past, he returns to the racist 1970s Britain of The Black and White Minstrel Show; to the turbulent politics of post-colonial Africa; to depression, paranoia and the edge of mental instability; and, finally, to the discovery of a buried family history that leads him to a shocking discovery about the true nature of the Atlantic slave trade.
 
The result is a journey that crosses paths with nineteenth-century philosophy, twentieth-century black liberation movements and the psyche of modern, mulicultural Britain; a book that combines the intimacy of confession with a sweeping tale of continents and generations - all in pursuit of the answer to the question: where are you from?
 
In Black Gold of the Sun, Ekow Eshun has crafted a life-affirming memoir of belonging, identity and hope that announes him as one of the most important new voices of modern Britain.

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