Evaristo, Bernardine Blonde Roots

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Welcome to a world turned upside down. One minute, Doris, from England, is playing hide-and-seek with her sisters in the fields behind their cottage. The next, someone puts a bag over her head and she ends up in the hold of a slave-ship sailing to the New World . . .

In this fantastically imaginative inversion of the transatlantic slave trade - in which 'whytes' are enslaved by black people - Bernardine Evaristo has created a thought-provoking satire that is as accessible and readable as it is intelligent and insightful. Blonde Roots brings the shackles and cries of long-ago barbarity uncomfortably close and raises timely questions about the society of today.

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`Novelists are irresistably drawn to the `what if' game. But it has seldom been done on the scale of Bernardine Evaristo's astonishing new novel which takes one of the great horrors of history and turns it on its head. ...Evaristo is a poet and the novel is full of playful anachronisms, many of them based around language and emotions that sound decidedly 20th century. But it's also a satire, almost Swiftian in its imaginative leaps, in which humour and suffering are effortlessly intermingled. ...This brilliant novel will fulfil her purpose of making readers view the transatlantic slave trade with fresh eyes.'

`'Writers messing around with history is nothing new, but the way that Evaristo entirely inverts the story of slavery is mesmerising. She has imagined the world with linguistic flourishes, creating a tale that is satirical as well as moving.'

'I thought this was an absolutely amazing book...a reminder of what great literature is about.'
Dreda Say Mitchell, Critic

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`(Bernardine Evaristo)...has come up with an ingenious way of refreshing the horrors of the slave trade...This is Evaristo's first novel entirely in prose...but her language retains its musicality and exuberance, particularly in Doris's un-self-pitying, drily comic tone...more than just a clever satire on race [it] achieves what one presumes the author intended: to remind us that 'us' and 'them' could so easily have been reversed, and that regarding someone as less than fully human is the root of all tyranny.'

`Evaristo has provided a brilliant satire whose flashes of comedy make the underlying tragedy all the more poignant.'

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