Beyond the Door of No Return


Beyond the Door of No Return

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ISBN: 9781805331278
Title: Beyond the Door of No Return

From the author of the International Booker Prize-winning At Night All Blood is Black: a moving and immersive adventure story set in eighteenth century Senegal


'I read Beyond the Door of No Return with pleasure and admiration. David Diop has opened up a new way of thinking about the eighteenth century and its hideous cruelties' Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of Afterlives

'Stunningly realized and written in exquisite prose, Beyond the Door of No Return is a love story, an adventure tale, and an unflinching examination of the unexpected ways that colonialism and greed ravaged everyone it touched, European and African. It is above all else, a spellbinding novel about the high price of betrayal-of others, and oneself' Maaza Mengiste, Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Shadow King

'At once melancholy and luminous' Le Monde


Paris, 1806. Michel Adanson is dying. The last word to escape his lips is a woman's name: Maram. Who was she? Why, in the course of his long life, has he never spoken of her before?

As Adanson's daughter sorts through his things, she discovers a notebook. It reveals a secret history both fantastical and terrible, of his time as a young botanist travelling in Senegal. How Adanson first heard of the 'revenant': a young woman of noble birth, abducted and sold into slavery across the seas, who then did the impossible-she came back, to live in hiding. How he became obsessed with finding her, embarking on an odyssey that would lead to danger and destruction. How a man who longed to solve the mysteries of nature instead found himself faced with the uncontrollable impulses of the human heart.

Tragic and tender, alive with feeling, this is a story of adventure, revenge and impossible desires, one which subverts our every expectation about who we are and who we love.


Praise for At Night All Blood is Black

'So incantatory and visceral I don't think I'll ever forget it' - Ali Smith, Guardian

'More than a century after World War I, a great new African writer [has written] a spare yet extraordinary novel about this bloody stain on human history' - Chigozie Obioma, New York Times Book Review

'An extraordinary novel, full of sadness, rage and beauty' Sarah Waters

Format: Trade paperback
Price: $37.00

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Dimensions 216 × 135 mm