Charles Cantalupo is Distinguished Professor of English,
Comparative Literature, and African Studies at Penn
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From Anthills to Asmara
Winner: 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award for
This eye-opening personal history tells the story of an American
college professorís twenty-year engagement with a thriving Africa
rarely encountered by Western visitors, including an extraordinary
connection to poets across the continent. At once adventurous,
spiritual, political, dreamlike, and humorous, Joining Africa
is a unique documentary of a journey through the continent,
including an intense five-year encounter with economically
struggling but culturally fertile Eritrea. The Africa presented here
is neither a postcolonial study nor an exotic tourist destination.
It is rich with the voices of its people, whose languages, Cantalupo
argues, have greater potential to effect change than any NGO or high-
profile celebrity. In vibrant prose, Cantalupoís book extends a
stirring invitation to reevaluate how we engage ó both individually
and collectively ó with this remarkable part of the world.