Fred D'Aguiar





Fred D'Aguiar

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born
in London
January 01, 1960


About this author

Poet, novelist and playwright Fred D'Aguiar was born in London in 1960 to Guyanese parents. He lived in Guyana until he was 12, returning to England in 1972.

He trained as a psychiatric nurse before reading African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, graduating in 1985. His first collection of poetry, Mama Dot (1985), was published to much acclaim and established his reputation as one of the finest British poets of his generation. Along with Airy Hall (1989), it won the Guyana Poetry Prize in 1989 and was followed by British Subjects (1993). His first novel, The Longest Memory (1994), tells the story of Whitechapel, a slave on an eighteenth-century Virginia plantation and won both the David Higham Prize for Fiction a
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Average rating: 3.62 · 605 ratings · 81 reviews · 14 distinct works · Similar authors
The Longest Memory
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 332 ratings — published 1994 — 5 editions
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Feeding the Ghosts
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 119 ratings — published 1997 — 8 editions
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Children of Paradise: A Novel
3.23 of 5 stars 3.23 avg rating — 113 ratings — published 2014 — 5 editions
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Dear Future
3.08 of 5 stars 3.08 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1996 — 5 editions
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Bloodlines
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2000 — 4 editions
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Bethany Bettany
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions
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Continental Shelf
4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2009
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Die Längste Erinnerung: Roman
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1997
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British Subjects
5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1994
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Bill Of Rights
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1998
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“A child screams with joy and a child screams with pain, and the difference is in the timbre of that scream. Decibels of joy strike the inner ear differently from those of pain.”
Fred D'Aguiar, Children of Paradise: A Novel

“Any place where their thoughts are not allowed to stray is guarded by his voices steering them back to the permitted pastures. Any sadness or longing is immediately burned from the mind by the steady flame of his teachings in his voice. Sadness, depression, longings are luxuries. How can any sane mind be sad at the prospect of the kingdom of heaven, unless the sadness is merely impatience?”
Fred D'Aguiar, Children of Paradise: A Novel

“The power of the preacher's command over the beast intrigues them more than the threat of imminent violence against one of their own, in part due to their desire for further proof of their leader's supreme ability to control events, from the smallest pleasures and luxuries of daily life to the ultimate promises of salvation.”
Fred D'Aguiar, Children of Paradise: A Novel

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