Free: A Novel

Author:   Martin Mordecai
Publisher:   University of the West Indies Press
ISBN:  

9789766406813


Pages:   592
Publication Date:   28 February 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Martin Mordecai's Free is a lyrical yet unflinching examination of the ruinous intimacies sustained by and sustaining plantation slavery. Set around Jamaica's Christmas Rebellion of 1831-32 and framed around three characters who are free themselves, but hedged in by the oppressive protocols of slavery, Free is an extended meditation on violence, memory, community, love and forgiveness. Mordecai uses the ranges and registers of the creole continuum to seduce readers into a wrenching engagement with the deformation wrought by slavery upon everyone and everything it touched.

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Author:   Martin Mordecai
Publisher:   University of the West Indies Press
Imprint:   University of the West Indies Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 3.40cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.862kg
ISBN:  

9789766406813


ISBN 10:   9766406812
Pages:   592
Publication Date:   28 February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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In Jamaican parlance, a `freeness' is an act of generosity, freely given. Martin Mordecai's novel Free, then, is aptly named. . . . It is an astounding act of remembrance, incorporating the diverse races, histories, languages and realities that were creolized to make the Caribbean what it is today . . . a tour de force of historical fiction, a passionate and vital story told by those whose words are so often silenced: the survivors. It is as rich and dark as Caribbean plum cake, as complex in flavours, each ingredient as troubled in provenance, yet in combination a celebration. -Nalo Hopkinson, author of The Salt Roads In Free, history comes alive in the hands of a master prose stylist and a meticulous researcher. Martin Mordecai's brilliant evocation of people, places and events makes us eyewitnesses to Jamaica's Christmas Rebellion, a daring act of liberation by enslaved African Jamaicans that would hasten the end of chattel slavery in the British colonies. Generations to come will thank Mordecai for enabling us to see with new eyes the people-masters and enslaved-and their shared world of inhumanity that had to be destroyed. -Olive Senior, author of The Encyclopaedia of Jamaican Heritage


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Martin Mordecai is a Jamaican writer and photographer, now living in Canada. He is the author of the young-adult novel Blue Mountain Trouble and co-author (with Pamela Mordecai) of Culture and Customs of Jamaica.

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