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Harmattan
Wind Across West Africa

    By Marcello Di Cintio

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Each year the harmattan wind blows sand from the Sahara Desert into the skies throughout West Africa. In the midst of such a wind, suddenly things are not what they were. For Marcello Di Cintio, the harmattan wind captures the essence of his ten-month journey through Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania, a journey that is as much about what he discovers within himself as it is about the lands of people of West Africa.

Di Cintio's perceptions of Africa, poverty, justice, religion and beauty are profoundly altered as the seemingly everyday transforms into the sacred before his eyes. Daily life calls him to reconsider his Western values. And as a traveller, he discovers the difference between being a guest in a foreign land and what it means to belong.

Harmattan is peppered with adventures and layered with lush descriptions of the sights, scents and rhythms of this truly exotic part of the world. This book is a travelogue of a different order: the searing beauty and sombre reality of West Africa are distilled into poetic moments of refreshingly honest insight, a world transformed through the wide eyes of a new traveller.


Praise for Harmattan:

"Di Cintio's narrative is remarkably blunt and elegant at the same time. The West African images flash so vividly across these pages that the people and the landscape jolt the senses. Beyond these quicksilver episodes-leaving the reader wanting more — a fine, fine talent is to be savoured." — Wayson Choy, author of The Jade Peony

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Travel  ·  Canada $19.95  ·  US $15.95  ·  UK £8.99  ·  Trade paperback  ·  1-894663-32-2  ·  186 pages  ·  6" x 9 "  ·  Insomniac Press
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