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Washington Black

Washington Black
 

Originally published in hardcover in Canada by Patrick Crean Editions, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., Toronto, in 2018 --Copyright page.

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ISBN 9780525521426
Barcode 9780525521426
Published 18 September 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Edugyan, Esi
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ISBN-13 9780525521426
ISBN-10 0525521429
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Knopf Publishing Group
Imprint Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date 18 September 2018
Publication Country
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Edugyan, Esi
Category Modern Fiction
Adventure / Thriller
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 168mm
Height: 236mm
Spine: 36mm
Weight 703g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Identity (Psychology), Historical fiction, Voyages and travels, Slavery, Barbados
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

From the author of the award-winning international best seller Half-Blood Blues comes a dazzling new novel, about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world. George Washington Black, or Wash, an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Washington Black is nothing short of a masterpiece. Esi Edugyan has a rare talent for turning over little known stones of history and giving her reader a new lens on the world, a new way of understanding subject matter we arrogantly think we know everything about. This book is an epic adventure and a heartfelt tale about love and morality and their many contradictions. I loved it. --Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird

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Author's Bio

ESI EDUGYAN is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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