Saratoga: Ishmael Beah "Radiance of Tomorrow"

Event date: 
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 8:00pm
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Filene Recital Hall at Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
12866 Saratoga Springs
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A special presentation, sponsored by Skidmore College's Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding.

Monday, March 24 at 8 pm, Filene Recital Hall at Skidmore College. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 pm.

A rare opportunity to hear one of contemporary literature's rising stars.

Radiance of Tomorrow is a haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of the memoir A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.

When Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone’s civil war and the fate of child soldiers that “everyone in the world should read” (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called “arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature,” has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone.
At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they’re beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town’s water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they’re forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike.

     With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times. 

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Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374246020
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Sarah Crichton Books - January 7th, 2014

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374531263
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - August 5th, 2008

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