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Everfair

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  • From noted short story writer Nisi Shawl comes a brilliant alternate-history novel set in the Belgian Congo.

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Product Description

  • Author
    Nisi Shawl  
    Binding
    trade paperback  
    Cat No.
    4051923  
    EAN
    978076533806851699  
    Genre
    Science Fiction  
    ISBN
    9780765338068  
    Publisher
    Tor  
    Type
    Books  
  • From noted short story writer Nisi Shawl comes a brilliant alternate-history novel set in the Belgian Congo.

    What if the African natives developed steam power ahead of their colonial oppressors? What might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier?

    Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II.

    This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

    Shawl’s speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history.

    Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced.

    Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.

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