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The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Memoir

The Devil That Danced on the Water: A Daughter's Memoir

Forna, Aminatta

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An intimate and moving portrait of a family combined with an account of the events which swept through Africa in the post-independence period.

Aminatta Fornas intensely personal history is a passionate and vivid account of an African childhood of an idyll that became a nightmare. As a child she witnessed the upheavals of post-colonial Africa, the bitterness of exile in Britain and the terrible consequences of her dissident fathers stand against tyranny.

Mohamed Forna, a man of unimpeachable integrity and great charisma, was a new star in the political firmament Sierra Leone as the country faced its future as a fledgling democracy. Always a political firebrand, he was one of the first black students to come to Britain after the war. In Aberdeen he stole the heart of Aminatta's mother, to the dismay of her Presbyterian parents, and returned with her to Sierra Leone. But the new ways of Western parliamentary democracy were tearing old Africa apart, giving rise only to dictatorships and corruption of hitherto undreamed-of magnitude. It was not long before Aminattas father languished in jail as a prisoner of conscience, and there was worse to come.

Aminattas search for the truth that shaped both her childhood and the nations destiny begins among the country's elite and takes her into the heart of rebel territory. Determined to break the silence surrounding her fathers fate, she ultimately uncovered a conspiracy that penetrated the highest reaches of government and forced the nation's politicians and judiciary to confront their guilt.

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Author:   Forna, Aminatta

ISBN:   0006531261

ISBN 13:   9780006531265

Publisher:   Flamingo

About the Author

About the author

Author:  Forna, Aminatta

Author Description:  Aminatta Forna was born in Scotland and raised in West Africa. Her first book, The Devil that Danced on the Water, was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2003. Her novel Ancestor Stones was winner of the 2008 Hurston Wright Legacy Award, the Literaturpreis in Germany, was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and selected by the Washington Post as one of the most important books of 2006. In 2007 Vanity Fair named Aminatta as one of Africa's most promising new writers. Aminatta has also written for magazines and newspapers, radio and television, and presented television documentaries on Africa's history and art. Aminatta Forna lives in London with her husband.