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Imaro

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Imaro

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Author: Charles R. Saunders
Publisher: Night Shade Books, 2006
DAW Books, 1981
Series: Imaro: Book 1
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy
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Synopsis

Saunders' novel fuses the narrative style of fantasy fiction with a pre-colonial, alternate Africa. Inspired by and directly addresses the alienation of growing up an African American fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy, which to this day remains a very ethnically homogonous genre. It addresses this both structurally (via its unique setting) and thematically (via its alienated, tribeless hero-protagonist). The tribal tensions and histories presented in this fantasy novel reflect actual African tribal histories and tensions, and provide a unique perspective to current and recent conflicts in Africa, particularly the Rwandan genocide and the ongoing conflict in The Sudan.

Note: Imaro is a fixup novel. In the Night Shade Edition one story is excanged for another compared to the original DAW edition.

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