Diasporic Africa Press (DAP) is an independent, nonprofit publisher of serious non-fiction books about the African world. Founded in 2010, DAP continues to provide adult and young readers with books in African world cultures, histories, and literature found nowhere else.
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Imagine being stranded in the heart of winter, in an isolated town at the northern edge of the world. Though born on the continent of Africa, political officials have made citizenship and social mobility at home difficult for many youth and young adults to realize. And so some flee to Europe, seeking help in "Babylon"--and are told to wait. And wait. This fictionalized true story brings to life the never-before-published experiences of African asylum-seekers in Norway. With Cliff, Congo, and a group of other cast members from across the African continent, an Eritrean narrator details the almost-existential struggle of life in the Mottak, one of the system's all-male dormitories. There, every weekday is Monday, and every weekend is a chance to escape the oppressive limbo between arrival and citizenship. There, the men rarely talk about the past. They don't dare hope for the future. They share but two things in common: they cannot go home, and they are waiting.
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Diasporic Africa Press (DAP) is a nonprofit and global publisher of serious books about the African world, specializing in histories, cultures, literature and language. Targeting adults and young readers, our books are grounded in scholarship, written for accessibility, and designed to support discussion, teaching, and research.
On this virtual storefront, books are divided into four categories: African World Cultures, African World Histories, African World Literature, and Young Readers Series. Rights and permissions are handled by Copyright Clearance Center. For desk copies, faculty can email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the relevant details. For all other matters, email us, but know that all sales are final except transactional errors, no refunds are stated or implied, and we do not accept returned books, unless damaged in transit.
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