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Publication Date: Oct 4, 2022

544 pp


List Price US: $19.99

ISBN: 978-1-63542-086-9

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The Color Line

A Novel

by Igiaba Scego Translated by John Cullen Translated by Gregory Conti

“Powerful, provocative, and unflinching, The Color Line might be Igiaba Scego’s best book yet—and that would be no small feat. In this strikingly lucid and compassionate novel, Igiaba uses her formidable talents to remind us that the so-called forgotten histories of Black women cannot be silenced forever. The Color Line is a love story, and it is an ode to sisterhood. It is also a testament to the possibilities of liberation that rest in every act against injustice, and in every moment of artistic creation.” —Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King, short-listed for the 2020 Booker Prize

“In Rome, an African-American woman artist finds freedom from America’s Reconstruction-era constraints; and a present-day African-Italian woman despairs over her Somali cousin’s quest to cross borders and reach Europe. Pressing themes of slavery’s legacies, colonialism, and citizenship rights shine throughout this beautiful tale of courage and tenacity.” —Mia Fuller, author of Moderns Abroad: Architecture, Cities and Italian Imperialism

Praise for Beyond Babylon:

“[A] polyphonic novel of the Afro-Italian experience…As Scego’s book explores layers of time and branches of families, it suggests that no history is ever as certain as it seems at first glance.” —The New Yorker

“Though ten years have passed since the novel’s original publication in Italy, its wider political nuances don’t feel any less urgent. The swing to right-wing governments, the reassertion of national borders and the xenophobic fear of refugees and migrants are never far from its center. Beyond Babylon ultimately succeeds in rendering these on a human level.” —Times Literary Supplement

“Vibrant and heartrending…This powerful tale winningly portrays the path from pain to recovery and wholeness.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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