Beyond the Door of No Return

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.8 X 7.4 X 1.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

David Diop was born in Paris and raised in Senegal. He is a professor of literature at the University of Pau, where his research encompasses such topics as eighteenth-century French literature and European representations of Africa in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His first novel to be published in English, At Night All Blood Is Black, was awarded the International Booker Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction.

Sam Taylor is an award-winning literary translator and novelist. He has translated more than sixty books from the French, including Laurent Binet's HHhH and Leïla Slimani's The Perfect Nanny.


"I read Beyond the Door of No Return with pleasure and admiration. David Diop has opened up a new way of thinking about the eighteenth century and its hideous cruelties." --Abdulrazak Gurnah, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of Afterlives

"Stunningly realized and written in exquisite prose, Beyond the Door of No Return is a love story, an adventure tale, and an unflinching examination of the unexpected ways that colonialism and greed ravaged everyone it touched, European and African. It is above all else, a spellbinding novel about the high price of betrayal--of others, and oneself." --Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the Booker Prize

"A mesmerizing tale . . . Less brutal than Diop's International Booker Prize-winning At Night All Blood is Black (2020) but no less powerful . . . With its sumptuous physical descriptions, shades of language, and smooth overlap of truth and invention, this is masterful storytelling. The ease with which the narratives (including Aglaé's) unfold belies the emotional force they gather." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A captivating intergenerational epic influenced by Senegalese oral tradition . . . Told as a series of fast-paced stories within stories, the novel contemplates race, hierarchy, religion, legends . . . Diop writes excellently of historical and regional minutiae, as in his descriptions of the sheer heat and exhaustion his characters face on their travels. This is a novel to devour quickly, but which will leave readers contemplating its story long after." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)