A powerful novel of Africa's history and the men and women who determined its fate. From the East came Islam. From the West, the slave trade. The battle for Africa's soul had begun...
"A wondrous novel about a period of African history few other writers have addressed... Much of the novel's radiance comes from the lush descriptions of a traditional life that is both exotic and violent."
-THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"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 Conde has done us all a tremendous service by rendering history so compelling and exciting. Segu is a literary masterpiece I could not put down."
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Review: SeguUser Review - Cynthia Marie - Goodreads
Segu is a brilliantly written novel. A great educational read due to its amazing historical scope and accuracy. Maryse Condé eloquently described the highly developed, sophisticated societies and ... Read full review
Review: SeguUser Review - Nike Onagoruwa - Goodreads
One of my favorite books ever. This and the sequel (Children of Segu). It is fiction but well-researched by Prof. Conde. Like another reviewer mentioned, it does have a hundred years of solitude feel ... Read full review