David Dabydeen A Harlot's Progress

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A Harlot's Progress

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This tale reinvents William Hogarth's famous painting of 1732 which tells the story of a whore, a Jewish merchant, a magistrate and a quack doctor, bound together by sexual and financial greed.

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"David Dabydeen's new novel takes as its starting point Hogarth's painting of 1732...and sets out to release the people it represents - prostitute, merchant, quack doctor and slave boy - from easy moralism, both the artist's and our own... Dabydeen has an imaginative mastery of the period, and can render it a hundred ways." - Observer

"Exhilarating...Beguiling and provocative." - The Times

"The best of the younger generation of Caribbean novelists." - Penelope Lively


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David Dabydeen was born in Guyana. He has published three novels and three collections of poetry, and has won a number of prizes. His last novel, The Counting House, was shortlisted for the 1997 IMPAC Award.

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