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© Imogen Robertson 2019

Imogen Robertson is the acclaimed author of the Crowther and Westerman series, which includes Instruments of Darkness, Anatomy of Murder, Island of Bones, Circle of Shadows, and Theft of Life. Her most recent novel is the international best seller, The Paris Winter.

Source of the main image on Theft of Life website page

June 25, 2017

 

 

Source: Journal #80 - Achille Mbembe - Difference and Self-Determination

 

"According to the Met Museum: "Frederic Feldtrappe produced this textile in the early nineteenth century during a moment of intense debate in France over the viability and morality of the slave trade. Of the four narrative scenes, two reference earlier paintings by English artist George Moreland and contrast the brutality of European slave traders with the kindness of Africans who minister to a shipwrecked European family. The other two scenes, based on engravings by Frenchman Nicolas Colibert, juxtapose a happy African family with the appearance of European traders in Africa. Their cache of trade goods (including textiles) ominously foreshadows the horrors of the traffic in human beings."


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