Our Books
The following books are in stock:
African Philosophy, The Pharaonic Period
African Philosophy, The Pharaonic Period, 2780 – 330 BC, by Théophile Obenga. 672 pages. $32.50.
A presentation of key ancient Egyptian philosophical, artistic and scientific documents within their African cultural context, in hieroglyphic script, with expert transliterations, translations and explanatory commentaries by the Egyptologist Professor Théophile Obenga. Translated from the original French by PER ANKH. Uniquely valuable.
The Eloquence of the Scribes
The Eloquence of the Scribes, by Ayi Kwei Armah. 352 pages. $21.95.
A memoir on one African intellectual’s growth to social consciousness and a literary vocation, from the author of Two Thousand Seasons, The Healers, and KMT: In the House of Life.
Fragments, by Ayi Kwei Armah. 288 pages. $16.
A homecoming novel, turning on the hope of renewal held out by the Independence generation in Africa, and the conflicting individual and social pressures that led to the abortion of the promise.
Forced Labor in the Gold and Copper Mines
Forced Labor in the Gold and Copper Mines: A History of Congo Under Belgian Rule, 1910-1945, by Jules Marchal. 496 pages. $28.75.
A minutely documented chronicle of European governance in colonial Africa, by a scholar who was himself a high official in the administrative machinery set up with the deliberate aim of depressing African living standards to create an affluent Europe. Translated from the original French by PER ANKH.
The Healers
The Healers, by Ayi Kwei Armah. 352 pages. $17.
A historical novel set in nineteenth-century Africa, the period when European rulers, aided by African collaborators, organized the fragmentation of African society that laid the ground plan for the systematic pillage of Africa, now jestingly called development.
KMT, in the House of Life
KMT, in the House of Life, by Ayi Kwei Armah. 352 pages. $16.99.
This novel explores three formative phases of African social history: the period of the ancient Egyptian pharaonic system, the age of the feudal kingdoms, and the modern period of European colonial and neocolonial domination. Each period, chronicled in the style of its spokespersons—scribes, griots, then academic scholars—is presented in a narrative that highlights enduring tensions between groups drawing their power from divisions in African society and those working to unite a devastated continent.
New Friends
New Friends: A Story of Caring and Growth, by Maty Thioune. 32 pages. $6.
A children’s book, illustrated in full color. A boy growing up in an African village learns, with the help of a loving mother and folk heroes he admires, to respect the lives of small animals in his environment. The text is set in carefully translated parallel columns, English and French, making it especially useful for grade school pupils studying either language.
Two Thousand Seasons
Two Thousand Seasons, by Ayi Kwei Armah. 320 pages. $16.
A novel set in the era of European slave raiding wars in Africa, known to Europeans as The Enlightenment. The narrative centers on a group of adolescent friends tricked and sold by an African king to European slavers. On the trans-Atlantic voyage, the group organizes a successful shipboard revolt, then returns to the continent to begin the work of their lives —organizing to end the rule of injustice established by European invaders and their African collaborators.
Hieroglyphics for Babies
Hieroglyphics for Babies, by A. K. Armah and Aboubacry Moussa Lam. 32 pages. $5.75.
Designed by an academic Egyptologist and a professional writer, this children’s book shows, in easy-to-follow color panels accompanied by explanatory text, how African scribes in ancient Egypt created the first writing system—hieroglyphs. It offers step-by-step instructions for parents, teachers and pre-school children learning to read and write the ancient letters, a first step toward an understanding of ancient Egyptian texts, so vital to our comprehension of Africa’s real past. Parallel English and French text. Full-color illustrations.