Bakhita by Véronique Olmi audiobook

Bakhita: A Novel of the Saint of Sudan

By Véronique Olmi
Translated by Adriana Hunter
Read by Bahni Turpin

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14.96 Hours Unabridged
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Inspired by the true story of a former slave who became a saint, this poignant novel explores how a human being can survive the obliteration of her identity, and how kindness and generosity can be born out of profound trauma. She recalls little of her childhood, not even her own name. She was barely seven years old when she was snatched by slave raiders from her village in the Darfur region of southern Sudan. In a cruel twist, they gave her the name that she will carry for the rest of her life: Bakhita, “the Lucky One” in Arabic. Sold and resold along the slave trade routes, Bakhita endures years of unspeakable abuse and terror. At age thirteen, at last, her life takes a turn when the Italian consul in Khartoum purchases her. A few years later, as chaos engulfs the capital, the consul returns to Italy, taking Bakhita with him. In this new land, another long and arduous journey begins—one that leads her onto a spiritual path for which she is still revered today. With rich, evocative language, Véronique Olmi immerses the reader in Bakhita’s world—her unfathomable resilience, her stubborn desire to live, and her ability to turn toward the pain of others in spite of the terrible sufferings that she too must endure.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

Inspired by the true story of a former slave who became a saint, this poignant novel explores how a human being can survive the obliteration of her identity, and how kindness and generosity can be born out of profound trauma.

She recalls little of her childhood, not even her own name. She was barely seven years old when she was snatched by slave raiders from her village in the Darfur region of southern Sudan. In a cruel twist, they gave her the name that she will carry for the rest of her life: Bakhita, “the Lucky One” in Arabic. Sold and resold along the slave trade routes, Bakhita endures years of unspeakable abuse and terror. At age thirteen, at last, her life takes a turn when the Italian consul in Khartoum purchases her. A few years later, as chaos engulfs the capital, the consul returns to Italy, taking Bakhita with him. In this new land, another long and arduous journey begins—one that leads her onto a spiritual path for which she is still revered today.

With rich, evocative language, Véronique Olmi immerses the reader in Bakhita’s world—her unfathomable resilience, her stubborn desire to live, and her ability to turn toward the pain of others in spite of the terrible sufferings that she too must endure.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“ This spare and sensuous novel is unflinching, yet not exploitative. Everyone should read this book.” Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author
“Poignant…Olmi enters into this character with empathy but without excessive pathos.” Le Figaro (Paris)
“Olmi’s tale provides a glimpse into [Bakhita’s] interior life, revealing the woman within the saint.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Véronique Olmi

Author Bio: Véronique Olmi

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 14.96
Audience: Adult
Language: English