Lose Your Mother (Paperback)

A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

Saidiya Hartman

A profound and harrowing meditation by a descendant of slaves who journeyed to Africa to understand her past

The slave, Saidiya Hartman observes, is a stranger torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. In Lose Your Mother, Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana.

There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage, no relatives to find. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way, and with figures from the past, vividly dramatising the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and American history.

Publication date: 22/07/2021

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788168144

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Non-Fiction

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A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

Saidiya Hartman

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A profound and harrowing meditation by a descendant of slaves who journeyed to Africa to understand her past

The slave, Saidiya Hartman observes, is a stranger torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. In Lose Your Mother, Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana.

There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage, no relatives to find. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way, and with figures from the past, vividly dramatising the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and American history.

Publication date: 22/07/2021

£9.99

ISBN: 9781782838562

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Non-Fiction

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A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

Saidiya Hartman

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A profound and harrowing meditation by a descendant of slaves who journeyed to Africa to understand her past

The slave, Saidiya Hartman observes, is a stranger torn from family, home, and country. To lose your mother is to be severed from your kin, to forget your past, and to inhabit the world as an outsider. In Lose Your Mother, Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade by recounting a journey she took along a slave route in Ghana.

There are no known survivors of Hartman's lineage, no relatives to find. She is a stranger in search of strangers, and this fact leads her into intimate engagements with the people she encounters along the way, and with figures from the past, vividly dramatising the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and American history.

Publication date: 26/08/2021

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ISBN: 9781782839293

Imprint: Serpent's Tail

Subject: Non-Fiction

Saidiya Hartman

Saidiya Hartman

Saidiya Hartman is a Columbia University professor of English and Comparative Literature. She is the author ofScenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-making in Nineteenth Century America (Oxford University Press,1997) and Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007). In 2019 Hartman was awarded a prestigious MacArthur 'Genius' grant.