At a glance:
- Author: Peter Abrahams
- First Published: 1956
- Type of Work: Political realism
- Time of Work: The mid-1950’s
- Setting: London, southern France, and the fictitious colonial nation of Panafrica
- Characters: Michael Udomo, Lois Barlow, David Mhendi, Thomas Lanwood, Richard Adebhoy, Selina, Paul Mabi, Dr. T. T. S. Endura
- Genres: Long fiction, Political fiction, Novel
- Subjects: 1950's, Freedom, Pan-Africanism, Tradition, Power, personal or social, Politics, Blacks, Colonies or colonization, Race, Revolutions, Assassination, London, Modernization, Insurgency, Heads of state
- Locales: France, Europe, London, England, United Kingdom
The novel traces the political rise and fall of Michael Udomo, the inspiring liberator of the (fictitious) nation of Panafrica from British subjugation. Ironically, his ascendancy to power begins in London, the very capital of the British empire, where he arrives a bedraggled, hungry doctoral candidate after studies in Canada and Europe.
Udomo’s education impels him to reject the heavy-handed rule of his colonizers, who would have him‘shine as another “new type of African, consciously and appreciatively learning the art of Western civilized government from...
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