20 Years with Livingstone
Petina Gappah in conversation
Of course two white men are the protagonists in one of the most mythologized episodes from colonial Africa, and most will recall Henry Stanley’s words to David Livingstone: «Dr. Livingstone, I presume.»
Twenty years ago, critically acclaimed Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah became obsessed with the story of David Livingstone. In her new novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light, Livingstone’s cook Halima and the freed slave Jacob tell the story of when sixtynine men and women brought Livingstone’s body from the African inland to the coast, so he could be buried in British soil. Why twenty years with Livingstone? Gappah will talk about myths and obsessions at Litteraturhuset.