Beyond The Door of No Return

by David Diop


Published 5th October 2023



From the author of the International Booker Prize-winning At Night All Blood is Black: a moving and immersive adventure story set in eighteenth century Senegal

The Door of No Return, on the island of Gorée off the coast of Senegal, is where millions of Africans last touched their home continent’s soil, before they were transported to slavery in the Americas. When French naturalist Michel Adanson travels to Senegal in 1749, he hears the story of a woman who passed through the door… but then returned. He begins to search for this fabled woman, and soon his search becomes an obsession that leads him on a desperate journey through a land torn apart by slavery.

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Enlightenment and the Atlantic Slave Trade, Beyond The Door of No Return is a thrillingly subversive story of romance and adventure,

Praise for At Night All Blood is Black
‘So incantatory and visceral I don’t think I’ll ever forget it’ – Ali Smith, Guardian
‘More than a century after World War I, a great new African writer [has written] a spare yet extraordinary novel about this bloody stain on human history’ – Chigozie Obioma, New York Times Book Review
‘An extraordinary novel, full of sadness, rage and beauty’ Sarah Waters

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Weight 0.3 kg

Translated by Sam Taylor