Magazine article New Internationalist

Land of My Fathers

Magazine article New Internationalist

Land of My Fathers

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Land of my Fathers by Vamba Sherif (Hope Road Publishing, ISBN 9781908446497)

This admirable novel from one of Liberia's foremost writers is certainly ambitious in scope, beginning shortly after the establishment of the Liberian state by freed American slaves in the 19th century and taking us right up to the recent strife in that country.

We begin with Edward Richard, ex-slave and preacher, who sails to Liberia in search of a lost love. Once established in the country, he travels to the interior, moving from village to village among the indigenous people who have an edgy, fractious relationship with the newcomers. In the far north, he befriends a tribal leader, Halay, who is to play a central role in the turmoil and violence to come. Halay sacrifices himself in the belief, shared by his people, that his death will prevent war coming to the land. …

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