Author(s): D'aguiar, Fred
From William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner to Toni Morrison's Beloved, modern American fiction engaged with slavery has provoked fiery controversy. So will The Longest Memory, the powerful, beautifully crafted, internationally acclaimed fictional debut of prizewinning Guyanese poet Fred D'Aguiar.
In language extraordinary for its tautness and resonance, The Longest Memory tells the story of a rebellious, fiercely intelligent young slave, who in 1810 attempts to flee a Virginia plantation - and of his father who inadvertently betrays him. The young slave's love for a white girl who slakes his forbidden thirst for learning and his painful relationship with his father are hauntingly evoked in this novel of astonishing lyrical simplicity. It is a measure of D'Aguiar's achievement and bravery that The Longest Memory is informed not only by the complicities between black slave and white master but also by the tensions among slaves themselves - between stoic survivalists and passionate rebels.
About the author:
Born in 1960 in London to Guyanese parents, Fred D'Aguiar lived in Guyana until he was twelve, returning to the UK in 1972. He read African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, graduating in 1985. D'Aguiar soon established a firm reputation as an important British poet, novelist and playwright. The Longest Memory was his first novel, published in 1994.
Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 19950908
Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE UK
Product Form: Paperback / softback
Dimensions (LxWxH): 196 mm129 mm10 mm
Weight: 107 gr
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