Travel book assessment: An African in Greenland, by Tété-Michel Kpomassie | Travel
T.The literary travel genre traditionally includes Westerners venturing to Africa, Asia, and America. But Tété-Michel Kpomassie, a man born in Aného, Togo, West Africa, turned the script around by traveling to Greenland in the 1960s and writing an exciting classic about his stay with the Inuit.
Young Kpomassie’s dreams of the Arctic were sparked when he was reading a book about Greenland in a mission bookstore as a teenager. Reaching Greenland was not easy, given that he only had six years of elementary schooling, but he approached his destination with the patience and tenacity that real adventurers do.
Kpomassie, an autodidact who continued his education by traveling through correspondence, first worked in Ghana as a translator