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The Underground Railroad: Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2017
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The Underground Railroad: Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2017 (Paperback)

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD WINNER 2017, WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2017.





Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North. In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once the story of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Publication Date: 29/06/2017 ISBN-13: 9780708898406  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Colson Whitehead is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize winner and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

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The heart of this breathtaking novel is Cora. Her terrifying escape and flight through pre-Civil War America pursued by slave catchers is the story not just of one slave, but of the brutality on which a whole country was built. It's so timely, and so emotionally powerful, and it continues to haunt me.

 

Heather, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 31/07/2018

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