The Emperor's Babe: A Novel

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The Emperor's Babe is Bernardine Evaristo's unique lyrical portrait of Roman London

Meet Zuleika: sassy girl about town, hellraiser, bored ex-child-bride, black Roman in Londinium, AD 211. In the place (and time) to be . . .

Through the bustling, hustling city, its slum tenements and sumptuous villas, we follow Zuleika, feisty and precocious daughter of Sudanese immigrants made good. Married to a fat, rich absent Roman, she is stranded in luxurious neglect, until, one day, Septimus Severus, the Emperor himself, comes to town, bringing with him not just love - but danger . . .

Funky and funny, sexy and moving, this novel in verse is a triumph of imaginative writing - and of sheer lyrical and emotional vitality.

'A heroine of ancient times for the modern age . . . a glittering fiction whose words leap off the page into life. Brilliant' The Times

'Funny, engaging and daring' Independent on Sunday

'Exhilarating . . . wildly entertaining then deeply affecting' Ali Smith

'Adventurous, compelling and utterly original. You won't read another book like it this year' The Times

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of three critically acclaimed 'verse novels' - Lara, The Emperor's Babe (which won the Arts Council Award in 2000) and Soul Tourists - and two prose novels, Blonde Roots and Mr Loverman. Evaristo is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded an MBE in 2009. She lives in London.

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?Smart, imaginative, and readable . . . A rich farrago of historical fact and outrageous fancy.? ("The New York Times Book Review") A heroine of ancient times for the modern age... a glittering fiction... brilliant.? ("The Times," London) A riotous, racy whirl through Roman Londinium... Bernardine Evaristo has spun a captivating tale in verse.? (Robert Fagles)

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CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR THE EMPEROR'S BABE
'Evaristo's triumph is to transmute politics and history into a glittering fiction whose words leap off the page into life. Anarchic, she calls it, but brilliant would do just as well.' The Times

'The Emperor's Babe makes you feel that you are reading something that has never before been attempted - a sensation to savour...it is a fast exciting read whose occasional bittersweet notes build until it turns, like a ballad, from comedy to tragedy...Brushing off the dust of 1,800 years like a cobweb, Evaristo's golden lads and girls dance in the sun before us, glistening, frail and real. Vivat Zuleika.' Sunday Times

'Evaristo is youthful and daring, with hidden depths of wisdom and hilarity, and she has delivered an entirely new concept for the historical novel, as well as the London novel.' Independent

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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 194 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Emperor s Babe is Bernardine Evaristo s unique lyrical portrait of Roman London Meet Zuleika: sassy girl about town, hellraiser, bored ex-child-bride, black Roman in Londinium, AD 211. In the place (and time) to be .Through the bustling, hustling city, its slum tenements and sumptuous villas, we follow Zuleika, feisty and precocious daughter of Sudanese immigrants made good. Married to a fat, rich absent Roman, she is stranded in luxurious neglect, until, one day, Septimus Severus, the Emperor himself, comes to town, bringing with him not just love - but danger .Funky and funny, sexy and moving, this novel in verse is a triumph of imaginative writing - and of sheer lyrical and emotional vitality. A heroine of ancient times for the modern age .a glittering fiction whose words leap off the page into life. Brilliant The Times Funny, engaging and daring Independent on Sunday Exhilarating .wildly entertaining then deeply affecting Ali Smith Adventurous, compelling and utterly original. You won t read another book like it this year The Times Bernardine Evaristo is the author of three critically acclaimed verse novels - Lara, The Emperor s Babe (which won the Arts Council Award in 2000) and Soul Tourists - and two prose novels, Blonde Roots and Mr Loverman. Evaristo is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded an MBE in 2009. She lives in London. Bookseller Inventory # APG9780140297812

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