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The Long Dark Trail-bookcover

By: Dawit Tekie Teclemariam

The Long Dark Trail

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The Long Dark Trail is an epic, centuries-spanning saga of American life, covering various generations of the Allen family, from their humble origins in England to their friendship with the neighboring Green family and beyond. The two families’ reactions to black emancipation could not be more different: while the Greens choose to give their land away to their former slaves, the Allens remain wedded to the past. By the middle of the twentieth century, the family patriarch Bob Allen continues to pursue his vicious hatred of people of color, even as the ground starts to shift beneath his feet…

This extraordinary novel provides a soul-searching account of America’s miraculous, complex history, recounting the triumphs and despairs of generations of white and black Americans joined together by slavery and its aftermath. The country’s changing racial landscape is reflected in the fortunes of the book’s main protagonist, Bob Allen’s daughter Elizabeth, and her biracial “dream son” Jesse.

Dawit was born and brought up in Asmara, Eritrea. After completing high school in his homeland, he left for Italy at a young age. He accumulated years of experience in various fields; among these, he was privileged to travel as a sailor across the world, which fueled his vivid and colorful imagination.
Despite not having undertaken any formal writing courses, Dawit mulled over The Long Dark Trail (formerly known as The Verdict of Time) for decades, taking inspiration from his many personal experiences as well as from books, films, travels, folklore, people and nature.
Dawit first wrote the story in Tigrigna, his native language. He then proceeded to collaborate with an esteemed group of translators to work on the Amharic and English versions simultaneously.

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  • Shaun Wilson

    To bring such a vast tale, brimming with detail, alive on the page would seem an impossible task, but the author succeeds admirably. He writes with vital efficiency yet with vivid details and an understanding of all the many characters, even those whom might be dismissed as simply inhumane. The reader is swept along as if by a turbulent river. This is history, the terrible and triumphant, that must be not just noted but re-imagined on a human level for each generation. The Long Dark Trail will enthral even those readers who enjoy escapist adventure while it brings to life the true experience of history in the making.

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