The African Samurai


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$17.99  $16.73
Simon & Schuster
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6.17 X 8.99 X 0.82 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Craig Shreve was born and raised in North Buxton, Ontario, a small town that has been recognized by the Canadian government as a National Historic Site due to its former status as a popular terminus on the Underground Railroad. He is a descendant of Abraham Doras Shadd, the first Black person in Canada to be elected to public office, and of his daughter Mary Ann Shadd, the pioneering abolitionist, suffragette, and newspaper editor/publisher who was inducted posthumously into the National Women's Hall of Fame in the United States. Craig is the author of One Night in Mississippi and a graduate of the School for Writers at Humber College. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. Connect with him on Twitter @CG_Shreve.


"In The African Samurai, Craig Shreve tells an extraordinary story with dramatic intensity, sensitivity, and consummate imagination. Like all the best historical novels, it feels relevant and even essential to our present moment. Of the many admirable things about this novel, perhaps the greatest is Shreve's feat of breathing life into Yasuke, its central character, and rescuing this remarkable man from obscurity."
-- DAVID BEZMOZGIS, award-winning author of Immigrant City and The Betrayers
"[A] complex and deeply moving story . . . that powerfully resonates with our current times. [The] deftly drawn characters of European, Asian, and African origin inhabit a sometimes frightening but ultimately hopeful story due to Shreve's immense skills at illuminating the power of the human spirit."
-- JEFFREY COLVIN, award-winning author of Africville
"A sweeping historical epic anchored by one man's fight for survival and the search for a home and identity ripped away. Fearlessly told and painstakingly crafted, The African Samurai explores rare literary territory and tells a singular, visceral tale of discovery and endurance."
-- KEVIN HARDCASTLE, award-winning author of In the Cage and Debris
"Remarkably suspenseful . . . Shreve has shaped the scant available Yasuke facts into a subtle hybrid of a novel. Part traditional historical saga, rife with blood, guts, and exotic details, and part empathetic meditation on cultural genocide and the annihilation of individual agency, The African Samurai is a riveting story."
-- Toronto Star
"Allowing readers to explore the story of a real-life figure like Yasuke, Japan's first foreign-born samurai and the only samurai of African descent, is basically why the historical fiction genre exists."
-- Paste Magazine
"During the 16th century, a young East African man sold into enslavement becomes an experienced soldier--and a samurai. Based on the true story of Yasuke, this compelling historical novel moves from Africa to India, Portugal, and Japan, weaving the mesmerizing story of the first foreign-born samurai and the only samurai of African descent."
-- BookBub