Corregidora - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)Gayl Jones (author)
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A classic of Black literature and an uncompromising mirror held up to the twentieth-century African American experience, Gayl Jones’ blistering novel centres on blues singer Ursa and the demons of both her past and present. Written in starkly realistic prose, this rediscovered masterpiece is pivotal to any understanding of race and gender in modern society.
Upon publication in 1975, Corregidora was hailed as a masterpiece, winning acclaim from writers including James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison and John Updike. Exploring themes such as race, sexuality and the long repercussions of slavery, this powerful novel paved the way for Beloved and The Colour Purple. Now, this lost classic is published for a new generation of readers.
Blues singer Ursa is consumed by her hatred of Corregidora, the nineteenth-century slave master who fathered both her mother and grandmother. Charged with 'making generations' to bear witness to the abuse embodied in the family name, Ursa Corregidora finds herself unable to keep alive this legacy when she is made sterile in a violent fight with her husband. Haunted by the ghosts of a Brazilian plantation, pained by a present of lovelessness and despair, Ursa slowly and firmly strikes her own terms with womanhood.
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Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 166 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 18 mm
'Corregidora is the most brutally honest and painful revelation of what has occurred, and is occurring, in the souls of Black men and women ... it dares to confront the absolute terror which lives at the heart of love' - James Baldwin
'No novel about any black woman could ever be the same after this' - Toni Morrison
'An American writer with a powerful sense of vital inheritance, of history in the blood' - John Updike
'Gayl Jones's first novel, Corregidora (1975), was both shocking and ground-breaking in its probing of the psychological legacy of slavery and sexual ownership through the life of a Kentucky blues singer ... it predated Alice Walker's The Color Purple and Toni Morrison's Beloved, revealing an unfinished emancipation and the power of historical memory to shape lives. It also marked a shift in African-American literature that made women, and relationships between black people, central' - Maya Jaggi, The Guardian
'A literary giant, and one of my absolute favourite writers' - Tayari Jones
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