Philida (Library Edition)

Andre Brink

Edité par Tantor Media, Inc, 2013
ISBN 10: 1452641285 / ISBN 13: 9781452641287
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Language: English . Brand New. This is what it is to be a slave: that everything is decided for you from out there. You just got to listen and do as they tell you. You don t say no. You don t ask questions. You just do what they tell you. But far at the back of your head you think: Soon there must come a day when I can say for myself: This and that I shall do, this and that I shall not.Andre Brink one of South Africa s greatest novelists (the Telegraph) gives us his most powerful novel yet; the truly unforgettable story of a female slave, and her fierce determination to survive and to be free. It is 1832 in South Africa, the year before slavery is abolished and the slaves are emancipated. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. When Francois s father orders him to marry a woman from a prominent Cape Town family, Francois reneges on his promise to give Philida her freedom, threatening instead to sell her to new owners in the harsh country up north. Here is the remarkable story based on individuals connected to the author s family of a fiercely independent woman who will settle for nothing and for no one. Unwilling to accept the future that lies ahead of her, Philida continues to test the limits and lodges a complaint against the Brink family. Then she sets off on a journey from the southernmost reaches of the Cape, across a great wilderness, to the far north of the country in order to reclaim her soul. N° de réf. du libraire

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This is what it is to be a slave: that everything is decided for you from out there. You just got to listen and do as they tell you. You don?t say no. You don?t ask questions. You just do what they tell you. But far at the back of your head you think: Soon there must come a day when I can say for myself: This and that I shall do, this and that I shall not.


In Philida, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, André Brink??one of South Africa's greatest novelists? (The Telegraph)?gives us his most powerful novel yet; the truly unforgettable story of a female slave, and her fierce determination to survive and to be free.

It is 1832 in South Africa, the year before slavery is abolished and the slaves are emancipated. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. When Francois?s father orders him to marry a woman from a prominent Cape Town family, Francois reneges on his promise to give Philida her freedom, threatening instead to sell her to new owners in the harsh country up north.  
 
Here is the remarkable story?based on individuals connected to the author?s family?of a fiercely independent woman who will settle for nothing and for no one. Unwilling to accept the future that lies ahead of her, Philida continues to test the limits and lodges a complaint against the Brink family. Then she sets off on a journey?from the southernmost reaches of the Cape, across a great wilderness, to the far north of the country?in order to reclaim her soul.

Critique: "A moving story of one woman?s struggle against hierarchies of race and gender that seek her absolute subjugation, Philida vividly dramatises the courage required to lay claim to the protections of the law, to speak out for ones rights even in the moment in which the law is on the wrong side of history" (Patrick Flannery Daily Telegraph)

"Playful...and extremely harrowing... But the light and shade that Brink has skilfully introduced into his augmented family history make for a compelling and memorable novel" (Alex Clark Guardian)

"Rich and complete... Brink?s rich and complex novel, told in the voices of the four main characters and an extrernal narrator, is much more than a horror story. The deep love of the South African countryside shines through, woven together with creation myths and earthy folk tales. Some may find the two elements sit uneasily together, but Brink?s confident writing made it work for me" (Paul Dunn The Times)

"Brink tells this grand-guignol tale in harrowing style" (Christopher Bray Daily Express)

"A poignant tale of a slave woman's quest for liberation set in 19th century Cape Town" ( Glass Magazine)

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Titre : Philida (Library Edition)
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc
Date d'édition : 2013
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.

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