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Revue de presse

"The most significant novel about black Africa published in many a year."
The New York Times book Review

"Condé is a born storyteller."
Publishers Weekly

“Exotic, richly textured and detailed, this narrative, alternating between the lives of various characters, illuminates magnificently a little known historical period. Virtually every page glitters with nuggets of cultural fascination.”
—Howard Kaplan, Los Angeles Times

“A wondrous novel about a period of African history few other writers have addressed. … Much of the novel’s radiance comes from the lush description of a traditional life that is both exotic and violent.”
—Charles L. Larson, The New York Times Book Review

“With the dazzling storytelling skills of an African griot, Maryse Condé has written a rich, fast-paced saga of a great kingdom during the tumultuous period of the slave trade and the coming of Islam. Segu is history as vivid and immediate as today. It has restored a part of my past that has long been missing.”
—Paule Marshall, author of Daughters

“Segu is an overwhelming accomplishment. It injects into the density of history characters who are as alive as you and I. Passionate, lusty, greedy, they are in conflict with themselves as well as with God and Mammon. Maryse Condé has done us all a tremendous service by rendering a history so compelling and exciting. Segu is a literary masterpiece I could not put down.”
—Louise Meriwether

“A stunning reaffirmation of Africa and its peoples as set down by others whose works have gone unnoticed. Ms. Condé not only backs them up, but provides new insights as well. … Segu has its own dynamic. It’s a starburst.” —John A. Williams

“A novel of wide scope, depth and power. Condé proves herself a careful observer of human behavior as she helps the reader to under stand and feel the turmoil of a confused continent. She captures a fascinating time in history with its earth spirituality, religious fervor and the violent nature of a people and their growing nation. . . Brims over with intelligence and wit.”
Anniston Star (Alabama)

Segu, a tale of love and intrigue, is fascinating, for the reader experiences the fervor of those tumultuous times.”
Chattanooga News-Free Press

Biographie de l'auteur

A native of Guadeloupe, Maryse Condé lived for many years in Paris, where she taught West Indian literature at the Sorbonne. The author of several novels that have been well received in France (both Segu and its sequel were best-sellers), she has lectured widely in the United States and now divides her time between Guadeloupe and New York city, where she teaches at Columbia University.


Détails sur le produit

  • Broché: 493 pages
  • Editeur : Longman; Édition : 1 (1 septembre 1996)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 014025949X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140259490
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,1 x 2,3 x 19,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 1.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Par curie marc sur 28 octobre 2011
Format: Broché
mauvaise notation car le produit n'est toujours pas arrivé chez moi. Et si problème il y a eu, je n'en ai pas été informé.
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Interesting historical fiction . . . and fact 7 juin 2000
Par Ein Kunde - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
"Segu" is a very good historical novel, one of the few that are set in Africa's historical past (circa 1800-1860). The novel's protagonists are an aristocratic family in the empire of Segu (now part of Mali) swept up in the historical currents of the time: Islam, Christianity, European imperialism, and the Atlantic Slave trade. As with "Roots", the story is told from the African perspective, which is refreshing and much needed. The novel is well written and filled with abundant historical detail. There are many deatils here that a student might research in a library, for example: the different lifestyles of the Fulani and Bambara and relations between them; the "Brazilians" in Africa, former slaves from South America that managed to return to Africa; the socio-economic status of Africans of mixed-(European and African) ancestry.
It seems a pity that many young people are forced to read this book in school; hopefully they will return to it when they have the maturity to understand and appreciate it.
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Loving Segu 4 juin 2000
Par Ethel M. Powers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I fell in love with the main character. His adventures and misfortunes kept me intrigued. I learned so much about the land and the structures of the different tribes and kingdoms, that I have used the book for reference. I spoke with Ms Conde and told her I was disappointed with the fate of one character and she merely said, "It had to happen." I felt the heat of the land and the warmth of characters and the deep belief in the different faiths of the many regions she covered. This is a must read.
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I've been waiting for a book like this.... 9 juillet 1999
Par Aika Swai (aswai@hotmail.com) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
What an excellent way to incorporate history and anthropology into fiction! I believe that "Segu" is extremely suitable for many history classes as well as literature classes. Often we read history books that become dry and tell us events in chronological order without making the past become real and believable. But "Segu" really captures the reader and provides a very deep insight into the conflict that Islam's jihad, slavery and the 19th century in general brought to Northern Africa. From a historian's point of view, I cannot praise 'Segu' enough; however, there are parts where the quality of fiction sways slightly. The reader feels much closer to the male characters, especially because the fate of the daughters is completely ignored whereas the story keeps on picking up the course of male lives. It would have been very different and also very interesting to see that portion of history through the eyes of the mothers, sisters and wives. On one hand, it makes sense to consider the women as marginal characters because after all, their decisions and opinions were often "less important". But on the other hand, there are other ways of making the gender relationship known. I definetely felt that the female characters hardly developed, whereas the personality of the male characters evolved gradually and very realistically.
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GET IT, READ IT, PASS IT ON 24 janvier 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
A magnificent source I'd highly recommend is the two book series by the title of "Segu" written by Maryse Conde (great writer) and translated by Barbara Bray. These are 'James Mitchner' type novels, based on historical facts and figures intertwined in an engrossing story that spans several decades/centuries of Africa's rich history. An engrossing, well written, educating, addictive read
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Hidden history 31 décembre 2008
Par Jan Masaoka - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Most of the non-African world is at least slightly familiar with the story of the slave trade . . . but usually starting with the future slaves being loaded onto boats in Africa. What's missing is the highly developed, sophisticated societies and cultures from which these individuals were taken. In addition, nearly all English language historical fiction takes place in Europe . . . but at similar periods of time in Africa there were equally dramatic wars, rises and falls of kingdoms, royal love stories and scandals, brilliant generals and conniving merchants . . . but we haven't heard about them. This book corrects that. Particularly interesting to me was the struggle between the old fetish religion and the new Islamic faith, mirroring the struggle behind paganism and Christianity in Europe. The visit to this world is un-missable.
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