Black Gold of the Sun : Searching for Home in England and Africa
'Where are you from?' 'No, where are you really from?' These questions, which he has been asked since boyhood, drive Ekow Eshun to travel through Ghana in search of his roots, and lead him on an exploration of history and belonging, from slavery in Africa and the West to the present day and what it means to be black. In search of answers, Ekow unearths yet more questions, some shocking contradictions and some long-forgotten truths about his family past...
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 128 x 192 x 16mm | 181.44g
- 29 Jun 2006
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
"A life-affirming memoir about belonging, identity, and hope." --"Ebony" "An impressive debut. . .An unusual memoir in which the personal and the political are entwined with great skill." --"The Times" (London) "Leavened with insight, self-awareness, and flashes of humor . . .Eshun is a skilled wordsmith." --"Christian Science Monitor" "Refreshing. . .Eshun's writing is fluid and self-assured. . .his wistfulness and wry sense of humor add to the book's charm. . .an engaging and eye-opening account of one man's journey toward self-discovery." --"Black Issues Book Review"
About Ekow Eshun
Ekow Eshun was born in London in 1968 and grew up in England and Ghana. He was the youngest-ever editor of a men's magazine (Arena), is well-known in the media for his appearances on Newsnight Review, and is now artistic director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. This is his first book.