His first novel ama a story of the atlantic slave trade won the 2002 commonwealth writers prize for the best first book it has been published in south africa and india and a new african edition was launched in accra ghana in september 2010 a companion web site wwwamaafricatodaycom is a rich repository of primary and secondary texts . Ama a story of the atlantic slave trade is the debut historical novel by manu herbsteinit has been described as a work of faction that successfully blends extensive and meticulous research with abundant imagination to transport the reader into the violent world of the atlantic slave trade the book won the 2002 commonwealth writers prize for the best first book. Contentama ama a story of the atlantic slave trade a story of the atlantic slave trade africa slave trade slavery atlantic amas story this novel is an attempt to recreate the experience of enslavement and resistance seen from the point of view of one african slave in 1772 the musketeers of the army of the asante confederacy . She is absorbed into slave society and begins to adapt learning portuguese years pass ama is now totally blind clutching the cloth which is her only material link with africa she reminisces dozes falls asleep a short epilogue brings the story up to date the consequences of the slave trade and slavery are still with us. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for ama a story of the atlantic slave trade at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users
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