In his first two novels, David Anthony Durham wrote about 19th century America. Walk Through Darkness tells the story of a fugitive slave during the Civil War. Gabriel’s Story follows black homesteaders in Kansas. In his new novel, Durham goes back to ancient times. Pride of Carthage is the story of the warrior Hannibal, whose empire ranged from the southern tip of modern-day Spain through North Africa. The book describes the second Punic war, as Hannibal’s army and elephants marched to Italy to stop the expansion of the Roman Empire, a clash between European and African powers. Durham says he was eager to write a historical novel about a story he had first heard as a young boy.
Durham will read from his book tonight at 7:00 pm at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, Massachusetts.