GHANA (*)

Amma Darko — Beyond the Horizon (1995)

Harrowing short novel about domestic abuse and human trafficking.

Mara begins the book as an innocent, naive girl in a village, whose family arrange a prestigious marriage with a petty official. This begins a litany of mistreatment in a city slum. She continues to believe the best of her husband, even when immigrants to Germany and then, two years later, brings Mara to join her. Only when he forces her into prostitution does she, alone and abandoned by any human solidarity, eventually realise the depth of his betrayal.

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