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Washington Black: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

Washington Black: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018

When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life - is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781781258972
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Published 12 September 2018 by Profile Books Ltd
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Author(s) By Edugyan, Esi
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ISBN-13 9781781258972
ISBN-10 178125897X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Serpent's Tail
Publication Date 12 September 2018
International Publication Date 2 August 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Export
Edition Export
Author(s) By Edugyan, Esi
Category Award Winning
Modern Fiction
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Barbados - Fiction - History - 19th century
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 456g
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 741425

Description of this Book

When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life - is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist - whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Through Wilde, Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea viewed from a hilltop shivers with light; where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky; where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning. Then, on a disastrous voyage of escape, Wilde disappears. Washington is forced to make his way back to the civilized world alone. One day, however, a man appears in the doorway of his new life, making claims of the past. Is this truly the long-lost Wilde? If so, what are the real motives for his return? And is it possible that his resurrection will destroy everything? Based on an infamous 19th century criminal case, Washington Black tells the story of a world destroyed and made whole again, where certainty seems unattainable, and men must remain strangers even to themselves.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for MAN Booker Prize 2018
NZ Review Praise for Half-Blood Blues 'Edugyan never stumbles with her storytelling, not over one sentence Independent Lyrical and genuinely exciting; a captivating book that races along with verve and panache. Daily Express Edugyan really can write ... redemptive Guardian Ingenious... Daily Telegraph Superbly atmospheric... [a] brilliant, fast-moving novel. The Times Assured, vivid and persuasive... Impressively evocative of period and place Time Out You'll relish how Edugyan's consistent, arresting musicality, at both the sentence and structural levels, develops its own accurate truth about experience... literary genius Dallas News Mesmerising... A remarkable novel Morning Star what stands out most is its cadenced narration and slangy dialogue, as conversations, both spoken and unspoken, snap, sizzle, and slide off the page. Publisher's Weekly shines with knowledge, emotional insight, and historical revisionism, yet it never becomes overburdened by its research. Canberra Times a triumph... punchy and atmospheric. Sunday Times Praise for Half-Blood Blues 'Simply stunning, one of the freshest pieces of fiction I've read. A story I'd never heard before, told in a way I'd never seen before. I felt the whole time I was reading it like I was being let in on something, the story of a legend deconstructed. It's a world of characters so realized that I found myself at one point looking up Hieronymus Falk on Wikipedia, disbelieving he was the product of one woman's imagination -- Attica Locke Sublime... Booklist Conversations, both spoken and unspoken, snap, sizzle, and slide off the page Publishers' Weekly Gripping... Irish Times Nimble storytelling . International Herald Tribune

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Author's Bio

Esi Edugyan's Half Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize, was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor-General's Literary Award, the Rogers Writers' Trust Prize, and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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