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The Polished Hoe (Paperback)

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The Polished Hoe is an epic symphony of Caribbean life. Layers of disturbing history slowly unfold through one woman's intimate, murderous confession. In this meditation on love, loss and sacrifice Mary-Mathilda - mistress of a cruel plantation manager - tells her story in an exquisite, dancing vernacular.

'There is a mesmerising stillness to Austin Clarke's latest novel . . . Out of a single act of retribution [he] has spun an entire history, one in which freedom, love and even languor all have their place' - New York Times

'The beauty of The Polished Hoe lies in the poetry of its telling and the marvellous voice of Mary-Mathilda. The value of the novel lies in its patient exploration of the sacrifices that are made for the sake of survival' - Washington Post

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/03/2004 ISBN-13: 9780954130381  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Austin Clarke's novel is the winner of the 2003 Commonwealth Prize; the 2002 Giller Prize - Canada's most prestigious literary award; and Ontario's 2002 Trillium Book Award. It is a Canadian and American bestseller. Austin Clarke is the winner of the 1999 W.O. Mitchell Prize, awarded each year to a Canadian writer who has produced an outstanding body of work and served as a mentor to other writers. Born in Barbados, Austin Clarke came to Canada in 1955 and now lives in Toronto. He has enjoyed a varied and distinguished career as a broadcaster, civil rights leader, professor and diplomat, and is the author of six short-story collections and ten novels.

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