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Modern Sovereign The Body of Power in Central Africa (Congo and Gabon)
ISBN: HB: 9780857426888, Seagull Books, January 2020
456 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm
The "Modern Sovereign", a notion indebted both to Hobbes's Leviathan and Marx's conception of capital, refers to the power that governed the African multitudes from the earliest colonial days to the post-colonial era. It is an internalized power, res...
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£35,00
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Of Morsels and Marvels
ISBN: HB: 9780857426932, Seagull Books, December 2019
324 pp., 20.3x12.7 cm
For many, cooking is simply the mechanical act of reproducing standard recipes. To Maryse Conde, however, cooking implies creativity and personal invention, on par with the complexity of writing a story. A cook, she explains, uses spices and flavors...
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£21,00
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Divine Song
ISBN: HB: 9780857426949, Seagull Books, November 2019
216 pp., 20.3x12.7 cm
"Everything starts with a song and everything ends with another song", says the narrator of "The Divine Song". Paris is an old Sufi cat who keeps watch over his brilliant yet pathetic master, Sammy Kamau-Williams, the Enchanter. In Sammy, we recogniz...
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£16,99
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Phantom Africa
ISBN: PB: 9780857427007, ISBN: HB: 9780857423771, Seagull Books, October 2019
720 pp., 22.8x19 cm, 37 halftones, 3 facsimiles
One of the towering classics of twentieth century French literature, "Phantom Africa" is a singular and ultimately unclassifiable work: a book composed of one man's compulsive and constantly mutating daily travel journal – by turns melodramatic, self...
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£30,00
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£45,00
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Upright Revolution Or Why Humans Walk Upright
ISBN: HB: 9780857426475, Seagull Books, September 2019
48 pp., 21.5x21.5 cm, illustrated in colour throughout
Science has given us several explanations for how humans evolved from walking on four limbs to two feet. None, however, is as riveting as what master storyteller Ngugi wa Thiong'o offers in "The Upright Revolution". Blending myth and folklore with an...
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£14,99
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Naming the Dawn
ISBN: HB: 9780857425461, Seagull Books, May 2018
96 pp., 21.6x12.7 cm
The poems in this new volume by Abdourahman A. Waberi are introspective and inquisitive, reflecting a deep spiritual bond – with words, with the history of Islam and its great poets, with the landscapes those poets walked, among which Waberi grew up....
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£12,99
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What Is Africa to Me? Fragments of a True-to-Life Autobiography
ISBN: HB: 9780857423764, Seagull Books, August 2017
264 pp., 20.3x12.7 cm
Maryse Conde is one of the best-known and most beloved French Caribbean literary voices. The author of more than twenty novels, she was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2015 and has long been recognized as a giant of black femini...
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£20,50
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That Which Is Not Drawn William Kentridge and Rosalind C. Morris in Conversation
ISBN: PB: 9780857424457, ISBN: HB: 9780857421753, Seagull Books, March 2017
304 pp., 19.5x14 cm
For more than three decades, artist William Kentridge has explored in his work the nature of subjectivity, the possibilities of revolution, the Enlightenment's legacy in Africa, and the nature of time itself. At the same time, his creative work has s...
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£16,99
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£26,50
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Rachel's Blue
ISBN: HB: 9780857423320, Seagull Books, March 2016
296 pp., 20.3x12.7 cm
Novelist Zakes Mda has made a name for himself as a key chronicler of the new, post-apartheid South Africa, casting a satirical eye on its claims of political unity, its rising black middle class, and other aspects of its complicated, multiracial soc...
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£20,50
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Secure the Base Making Africa Visible in the Globe
ISBN: HB: 9780857423139, Seagull Books, December 2015
168 pp., 20.3x12.7 cm
For more than sixty years, Ngugi wa Thiong'o has been writing fearlessly the questions, challenges, histories, and futures of Africans, particularly those of his homeland, Kenya. In his work, which has included plays, novels, and essays, Ngugi narrat...
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£19,00
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