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Duppy Conqueror
Duppy Conqueror

Duppy Conqueror

FICTION

352 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: February 2021

ISBN 9781913109035

Rights: US, CA & CAR

HopeRoad (Feb 2021)

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Overview

Marshall Sarjeant is born at the beginning of the 20th century in Paradise, Jamaica. As a young man, he is entrusted with a mythical quest to overcome a curse that has been put on his family. He must do this by returning to Africa from where family members were brought as slaves. Marshall's epic journey takes him first to wartime Liverpool and then London, where he marries and mixes with a clubland crowd of gamblers, musicians, and politicians. In Africa, he finds a continent in the turbulent throes of attempting to escape a colonial past.Returning to Paradise, Marshall's life turns full circle in his epic mission to defeat the duppy, or ghost that started him on his voyage. In Duppy Conqueror, Ferdinand Dennis has created a powerful narrative of the Afro-Caribbean experience in which the personal and the political seamlessly collide. Its themes are as relevant today as when it was first published in 1998.

Reviews

"Finally, and most importantly, Duppy Conqueror brims with humour and low comedy. It is a pleasing change from the wilfully ponderous treatment of historical memory in much contemporary post-colonial fiction" —TLS  

"This novel may well prove a landmark in British fiction in capturing a breadth of diasporic experience and a moment in empire" —GUARDIAN  

"Packed to the brim with layers of symbolism, individual and cultural memories, and fascinating historical stories. Reading it once just won't be enough" —THE INDEPENDENT

Author Biography

Ferdinand Dennis was born in 1956 in Kingston, Jamaica. In 1964, he came to London where he grew up. He has taught creative writing and is the author of the novels, The Sleepless Summer and The Last Blues Dance. His non-fiction includes Back to Africa: A Journey and Behind the Frontlines; Journey into Afro-Britain for which he was awarded the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize. The Black and White Museum, a collection of short stories, will be published in 2021. Ferdinand Dennis lives in North London.