Washington Black (Hardback)Esi Edugyan (author)
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Nimble and ever-surprising, Edugyan’s Antebellum-era story has at its heart a friendship that crosses lines of segregation and opens the door to a whirlwind flight to a hoped-for freedom.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018
'Washington Black is nothing short of a masterpiece... I loved it.' - Attica Locke
When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave - finds himself selected as personal servant to one of these men.
The eccentric Christopher 'Titch' Wilde is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist, whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Titch's idealistic plans are soon shattered and Washington finds himself in mortal danger.
They escape the island together, but then Titch disappears and Washington must make his way alone, following the promise of freedom further than he ever dreamed possible. From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy wastes of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black teems with all the strangeness and mystery of life.
Inspired by a true story, Washington Black is the extraordinary tale of a world destroyed and made whole again.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 575 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 38 mm
'Strong, beautiful and beguiling.' - Arifa Akbar, The Observer
'Magnificent and strikingly visual prose.' - The Financial Times
'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
'Washington Black is a gripping tale, made vivid by Esi Edugyan's gifts for language and character, and by the strength of her story... The reader feels honoured and moved to have kept Wash company on his journeying.' - Erica Wagner, New Statesman'At the core of this novel, with its searing, supple prose and superb characters, is a visceral depiction of the abomination of slavery. Yet, as importantly, it explores an unlikely friendship, the limits to understanding another's suffering, the violence lurking in humans and the glories of adventure in a world full of wonders.' - Elizabeth Buchan, The Daily Mail
'A story suggestive of Jules Verne, Mark Twain and Mary Shelley ... a strange, engaging tale' - Jeffrey Burke, The Mail on Sunday
'An extraordinary, picturesque tale... A richly entertaining read' - BBC History
'Washington Black is a profoundly humane story about false idols, the fickleness of fortune and whether a slave, once freed, can ever truly be free.' - The Times
'2018's answer to Dickens ... the joy of Edugyan's book lies in its ambition and humanity. It feels like a 19th century classic, but one that wants to explore the ill effects of those times and still find some sense of hope at the end of it all.' - Francesca Brown, Emerald Street
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