Tété-Michel Kpomassie

Michel the Giant
  • Michel the Giant

  • A gripping account of one man's ten year expedition from a village in West Africa to the Arctic Circle

    Scorching heat, rich, fertile soil, and treacherous snakes marked the landscape in which Tété-Michel grew up in 1950s Togo, West Africa. When he discovered a book on Greenland as a teen, this distant land became an instant obsession - he was determined to journey to the place these pages had revealed to him and embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.

    A book of rich and immersive travel writing, Michel the Giant invites the reader to journey alongside an audacious Kpomassie as he makes his way from the equator to the bitter cold of the artic and settles into life with the Inuit peoples, adapting to their foods and customs. Part memoir, part anthropological observation this captivating narrative teems with nuanced observations on community, belonging and the universality of human experience.

    This title has been previous published as An African in Greenland

Tété-Michel Kpomassie was born in 1941 Togo, West Africa. His critically acclaimed travelogue, An African in Greenland, was awarded the Prix Littéraire Francophone International in 1981 and shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award in 1983.

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