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Michel the Giant
  • ISBN: 9780241554531
  • Pages: 336
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Binding: Paperback

Michel the Giant

An African in Greenland

Tété-Michel Kpomassie

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Scorching heat, rich, fertile soil, and treacherous snakes marked the landscape in which Tété-Michel Kpomassie grew up in 1950s Togo, West Africa.

When he discovered a book on Greenland as a teen, this distant land became an instant obsession – he was determined to journey to the place these pages had revealed to him and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.

A book of rich and immersive travel writing, Michel the Giant invites the reader to journey alongside an audacious Kpomassie as he makes his way from the equator to the bitter cold of the artic and settles into life with the Inuit peoples, adapting to their foods and customs.

Part memoir, part anthropological observation this captivating narrative teems with nuanced observations on community, belonging and the universality of human experience.

Tips about Icebergs

I first encountered Tété-Michel Kpomassie in a tent on top of the Greenland ice cap. The temperature was minus 30, and I had burrowed into my sleeping bag to read in the small pool of light cast by...

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