Two Thousand Seasons (Paperback)

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by Ayi Kwei Armah


Trans Atlantic and African slave trades are the subject of Armah's Two Thousand Seasons (1973) in which a pluralized communal voice speaks through the history of Africa, its wet and dry seasons, from a period of one thousand years. Arab and European oppressors are portrayed as "predators," "destroyers," and "zombies". The novel is written in allegorical tone, and shifts from autobiographical and realistic details to philosophical pondering, prophesying a new age.
Set in the era of European slave raiding wars in Africa, known to Europeans as The Enlightenment, the narrative centers on a group of adolescent friends tricked and sold by an African king to European slavers. On the trans-Atlantic voyage, the group organizes a successful shipboard revolt, then returns to the continent to begin the work of their lives — organizing to end the rule of injustice established by European invaders and their African collaborators.

About the Author

Ayi Kwei Armah is a Ghanaian writer born on 28 October 1939 in Takoradi, Ghana. He is best known for his novels, including The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Two Thousand Seasons, and The Healers. Armah was educated in local mission schools and at Achimota College before going to the United States in 1959 to complete his secondary education at Groton School and his bachelor's degree at Harvard University. Despite his fame, Armah maintained an intensely private life and rarely gave interviews. His six novels and numerous essays, poems, short stories, and children's books provide a glimpse of life in Ghana in the tumultuous years following its independence from Britain.

Product Details

Category: Motherland Studies, Ghana, Fiction

Language: English

Format/Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

ISBN-10: 2911928032

ISBN-13: 978-2911928031

Publisher: Per Ankh

Date Published: January 1, 2000

Pages: 316

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