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Beyond the Horizon

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Amma Darko was born in Tamale, Ghana, and grew up in Accra. After living in Germany, she returned to Ghana. Beyond the Horizon, first published in German, is Amma Darko's first novel.

Gazing at her naked body in the mirror, Mara reflects on her transformation from naive Ghanaian village girl into a prostitute in a German brothel. Mara has been deceived by her husband, Akobi...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published February 8th 1995 by Heinemann Educational Books (first published 1995)
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Christian Asante
I loved this short but intriguing novel by Amma Darko.It tells the story of Mara, who is forced into marriage with the senseless Akobi who manages to send Mara to Germany where he forces her into prostitution and keeps all the money.This story story showcases what women in some circles go through as a result of culture, lack of education and society that puts them in a box
Leyna Lavinthal
Jul 26, 2007 Leyna Lavinthal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This book is too short! It is a beautiful written account of a woman from Ghana and the shocking struggles she faces when she moves to the UK. A great author that most have never heard of. The African Writers Series is pretty amazing in general- all the books I have gotten my hands on have been completely captivating.
Julie Suzanne
Of all the novels from the African Writer Series that I have read for my black studies course at UCSB, this was the best. This powerful story about shame, secrecy, abuse, trust, vulnerability and cultural naivete reveals much about the world about which that you probably never knew. A very worthwhile read!
Great book, an universal human condition, immigration, womanhood, loss of innocence ... highly recommended
heart wrenching.
Abena Boaten
This book was a good read, sad story with an anticlimactic ending in my opinion. I did enjoy the voice of Mara throughout the book and sad at the way it ended. The build up to the ending was great but the ending itself was lacking somewhat. I would recommend it, it kept me interested and wanting to continue reading from the first page.
Jerome Kuseh
Amma Darko's masterpiece. This short and gripping tale explores themes of patriarchy but differs from the works of most feminist African writers by showing a character who braves patriarchy but is ultimately defeated by the deceit of a man who does not love her.
By far the most haunting and influential book I have ever read.
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Heartbreaking story.
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