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Under the Midnight Sun

An African in Greenland

By Tété-Michel Kpomassie  (Translated by James Kirkup)

15 Jun, 2022



Tété-Michel Kpomassie’s 1981 An African in Greenland is a memoir. Originally published in French, the 1983 English translation is by James Kirkup. The preface is by Jean Malaurie. 

Born in 1941, Tété-Michel Kpomassie grew up in a traditional household in Togo. Startled by an inexplicably aggressive snake, he suffered a serious fall. Distrusting Western medicine, his father took young Tété-Michel to see a priestess, the price for whose treatment was that Tété-Michel Kpomassie should at a certain age come serve her religious organization in the sacred grove near Be. 

Fate, in the form of Dr. Robert Gessain’s book The Eskimos from Greenland to Alaska, would intervene.

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