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Tété-Michel Kpomassie

Author of An African in Greenland

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Tete-Michel Kpomassie was a teenager in Togo when he discovered a book about Greenland -- and knew that he must go there. Working his way north over nearly a decade, Kpomassie finally arrived in the country of his dreams. This brilliantly observed and superbly entertaining record of his adventures show more among the Inuit is a testament both to the wonderful strangeness of the human species and to the surprising sympathies that bind us all. show less
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An African in Greenland (1983) 579 copies

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Canonical name
Kpomassie, Tété-Michel
Birthdate
1941
Gender
male
Nationality
Togo (birth)
France
Birthplace
Atoéta, Togo
Places of residence
Paris, France
Occupations
author
traveler

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Fantastic.
Pleased to find this gem of ethnography and travel. Such an interesting and compelling mind, and above all story. But it is also interesting to step back and think about how most of our stories of culture are filtered through a European viewpoint first, and interesting to see that mind outside of the main narrative - though of course colonialism is present in both cases, and still doing its thing. Really enjoyed the reflections and interpretations and connections made.
 
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Kiramke | 26 other reviews | Mar 4, 2024 |
This memoir is about a young man who grew up in the former Togo dreaming of Greenland because of a book he encountered in his youth. Due to an accident involving a snake he is as pledged to a snake cult. He decides to run away to Greenland because, obviously, no snakes. He worked his way across Africa and Europe to finally fulfill his dream. He was apparently a charmer because he found helping hands along the way. His observations about nature and the peoples he meets along the way are wonderfully descriptive.… (more)
 
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varielle | 26 other reviews | Aug 4, 2022 |
fter an illness caused by a fall from a tree, Tété-Michel Kpomassie's father pledges him as an apprentice to the python cult priestess in Togo. Tété-Michel runs away from home in 1957 aged 16, determined to go to Greenland as a country devoid of trees and pythons. Eight years later he arrives there and explores the country looking for locals still living a traditional way of life unaffected by colonialism and modernity.

Beautifully descriptive of both Togo and Greenland and the local cultures.… (more)
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Robertgreaves | 26 other reviews | Oct 16, 2021 |
I like books that show me another culture or way of life. This one has a bonus because it is written from the POV of someone of an entirely different culture. Kpomassie has a fascinating story of how he decided to leave his native Togo and travel to Greenland: he spent many years working his way there. And then he provides an intimate look at the people and customs he encounters there. I will be looking for more treasures like this one from New York Review of Books Classics.
 
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