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Blonde Roots: From the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

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This time, although she's writing in the colloquial speech of her narrator, she's still extremely attentive to the function of language, the power of words to shape reality.

But for some reason the heroine is dull at best, and the slave trader is witty making for a disturbing debate of whom to root for. Bernardine Evaristo, όπου οι μαύροι είναι οι δουλέμποροι που καταδυναστεύουν τους λευκούς, τους κάνουν την ζωή αφόρητη, τους συμπεριφέρονται σαν να μην είναι άνθρωποι, τους πουλάνε και τους αγοράζουν όποτε τους συμφέρει. In the UK, The Independent declared: "In her new novel, Bernardine Evaristo, never one to shrink from an experiment, has taken her boldest step to date and turned the whole thing on its head. Off the coast of Aphrika sits the United Kingdom of Ambossa, with its capital, Londolo (whose boroughs include, Mayfah, To Ten Ha Ma and Brixtane). The second section is Chief Kaga Konata Katamba’s tracts, describing how he became wealthy trading slaves, and justifying the trade.Bernardine Evaristo, MBE, is the award-winning author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. An example that comes to my mind is the TV Series The Man in the High Castle, an alternative history where America is dominated by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. The awful thing about her capture was that it was carried out by fellow `Europanes' - all part of the balance of power between colonial Aphrikans and the pragmatic, but avaricious natives.

In 2012 she was Chair of the Caine Prize for African Fiction and Chair of The Commonwealth Short Story Prize. This book was written in 2008 and it preceded the much acclaimed Washington Black by Esi Edugan and The Underground Railroad by Colston Whitehead. And, that is probably the case here, but the author took something that is known, well-known, and twisted it for her own purposes and I don't know what those purposes are/were. Affidandosi alla “scienza esatta dell’Antropometria Craniofeciale, disciplina di acclarato valore che misura le dimensioni dei crani, all’interno del rigoroso e stimatissimo campo dell’Antropologia Fisica.Dystopian stories could be seen as what-if stories – for instance, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ( my review) or The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa ( my review). Be not hoodwinked into thinking that the blood shed and the skin torn of the Caucasoi is a crime against humanity, no matter how much they shed crocodile tears to convince the gullible among you otherwise. Bernadine Evaristo clearly relishes aspects of building her imaginary world, giving us place names such as Doklanda and Wata Lo as well as subverting western beauty standards and throwing in the odd anachronistic detail to keep us on our toes. I really liked it, and again enjoyed the springing vitality of the language that I liked in The Emperor's Babe -- it must come from Evaristo's being a poet. As a "fully paid up member of the most loathed race in the history of the world," Doris admits that she has "image issues.

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 . She is the co-editor of two recent anthologies and a special issue of Wasafiri magazine: Black Britain: Beyond Definition, which celebrated and reevaluated the black writing scene in Britain. 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.Doris never hints at a rosy-tinted nostalgia for the social structures of home - it had its own injustices aplenty (as her family experienced from being at the bottom of the pile) - and by implication, nor does Evaristo for the tribal structures of historical Africa. Her eighth book will be a collection of her short stories, published by in Italian by Carocci in 2015.

Similarly, the slaves’ church is more like black gospel churches than a hybrid of the Church of England and the beliefs of the slavers in the story. Some said that the guns the greedy aristocrats received in exchange for slaves encouraged them to start more wars just to meet the demand of the slave traders who wanted a yearly increase in exports.There are a lot of what ifs and Evaristo weaves in the Maroons, some free working class whytes, slave rebellions, the horrific conditions on slave ships, the sexual exploitation, the selling of slaves and splitting children from families, beatings, poor living conditions: everything would expect. The idea is interesting, and has been explored by other authors (such as Mallory Blackman, in whose Noughts and Crosses series it is taken for granted that the dominant culture is that of black people, and white people are treated as inferior). I did like how she mixed in cultural things that people would be able to identify as from somewhere in Europe or somewhere in Africa, so that when she turned the tables and blaks where those in power and enslaving whytes, it makes many readers really think and become aware of prejudices they may not have consciously thought about before.

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