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A mulata solidão

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Like Last of the Just, which traced the Jewish experience of martyrdom, this book recreates through fact and myth people's enslavement and humiliation, and survival -- and produces one of the most extraordinary heroines in black literature.
Paperback, 141 pages
Published 2005 by Cavalo de Ferro (first published 1972)
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Dave
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I need to find this in French. You know when you read beauty like this in translation that the original will be out of this world.
Schwarz-Bart, an orphan of the Shoah, creates, seemingly through a act of pure imagination and art, the story of another crime against humanity--the African diaspora. And because Schwarz-Bart would never dream of pretending to own this particular story, he writes as if in a dream. His description is almost always evocative and rarely slows down to provide concrete de
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Lisa James
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Given to me by a friend who was going to throw it out because the front cover was gone, I read the back & I was fascinated. The story of Solitude starts with her mother, who was captured & sold into slavery on the coast of Africa back in the 1700's. She was raped on the ship by the sailors, and gave birth to Solitude on the island of Guadalupe, where the remainder of the story takes place, & ends with the slave uprisings & the massacres on that island, ending with her execution t ...more
Michael
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A wide-ranging history of slavery from the African perspective — the story begins in Africa, follows the capture and Middle Passage of the heroine's mother and arrives at the life and times of Solitude. It is told in mythic-fablistic style that gives the sense of oral tales told generation to generation. The tales, as such tales tend to do, leave gaps and unfold with ambiguities and contradictions among those who remember the events or were told them from different perspectives. It is not so muc ...more
Tammy
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to honestly say I wanted to put this down several times. I forced myself to finish. The book seemed a bit disjointed. I found myself re-reading pages in attempts to connect dots.
Stedwards
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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trauma novel/colonial/slave exploration. vivid. great.
Fara
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
very poetic...was a tedious read for me...
Melanie
Sep 09, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Made it 3/4 through waiting to become engaged by the characters & plot but had to put it down in frustration. I will say that there are some beautifully poetic passages in there.
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André Schwarz-Bart (May 28, 1928, Metz, Moselle - September 30, 2006, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe) was a French novelist of Polish-Jewish origins.

Schwarz-Bart is best known for his novel The Last of the Just (originally published as Le Dernier des justes). The book, which traces the story of a Jewish family from the time of the Crusades to the gas chambers of Auschwitz, earned Schwarz-Bart the Prix
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“La guillotine avait quitté la Pointe-à-Pitre, elle hantait maintenant les deux ailes de l'île, escaladait les mornes les plus raides, les plus abandonnés, à la recherche de citoyens qui ne comprenaient pas leurs nouveaux devoirs. N'ombre d'entre eux, fuyant la liberté, l'égalité et la fraternité, gagnaient l'obscurité profonde des bois, s'y reposaient de leurs nouveaux tourments. Des détachements spéciaux étaient sur leurs traces jour et nuit. On ne disposait plus de chiens à nègres, les grands dogues mouchetés d'antan, ceux-ci ayant été exterminés dès les premiers jours de l'Abolition ; mais les nègres républicains y suppléaient eux-mêmes, très efficacement, grâce à leur expérience, à leurs affinités secrêtes avec les hommes des bois, et à toutes les possibilités que leur donnait le partage en commun d'une peau noire. Peu à peu disparurent toutes les bandes organisées, puis les groupes, les unités de deux ou trois.
Seul demeura le campement des marrons de la Goyave, bastion ultime des nègres d'eau salée de Guadeloupe.”
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