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Kindred

The ground-breaking masterpiece

Octavia E. Butler

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Beschreibung

Octavia E. Butler's ground-breaking masterpiece, with an original foreword by Ayòbámi Adébáyò.

'The marker you should judge all other time-travelling narratives by' GUARDIAN

'[Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human' NEW YORK TIMES

'No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential . . . If you've ever tweeted "All Lives Matter", someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly' CAROLINE O'DONOGHUE

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In 1976, Dana dreams of being a writer. In 1815, she is assumed a slave.

When Dana first meets Rufus on a Maryland plantation, he's drowning. She saves his life - and it will happen again and again.

Neither of them understands his power to summon her whenever his life is threatened, nor the significance of the ties that bind them.

And each time Dana saves him, the more aware she is that her own life might be over before it's even begun.

This is the extraordinary story of two people bound by blood, separated by so much more than time.


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PRAISE FOR OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR


'Unnervingly prescient and wise' YAA GYASI

'Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision' GUARDIAN

'Octavia Butler was a visionary' VIOLA DAVIS

'One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had' JUNOT DIAZ

'An icon of the Afrofuturism world, envisioning literary realms that placed black characters front and center' VANITY FAIR

'Butler writes with such a familiarity that the alien is welcome and intriguing. She really artfully exposes our human impulse to self-destruct' LUPITA NYONG'O

Produktdetails

Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 320
Erscheinungsdatum 03.05.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4722-5822-9
Verlag Headline
Maße (L/B/H) 19,5/12,8/2,7 cm
Gewicht 223 g
Verkaufsrang 1476

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Unique story
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Berlin am 24.06.2020

Combing the aspect of time travelling with a story about slavery is certainly a daring approach. The author manages to tell a very moving, unsettling as well as enlightening story. I loved every page.

An excellent look at slavery
von S. Fischer am 24.05.2010
Bewertet: Einband: gebundene Ausgabe

Dana is a modern and liberated black woman in 1970s USA. She is married to a white man, which led to problems with both her and his family, but the two are happy and live their lives just as they want to. Then one day, Dana suddenly gets dizzy and before her husband can help her, she finds herself not in their house but at a riv... Dana is a modern and liberated black woman in 1970s USA. She is married to a white man, which led to problems with both her and his family, but the two are happy and live their lives just as they want to. Then one day, Dana suddenly gets dizzy and before her husband can help her, she finds herself not in their house but at a river where a white child is drowning. She can save the boy, Rufus, and is suddenly returned home when the boy's father points a gun at her. Neither she nor her husband can explain or understand what's going on. As she gets pulled back to Rufus several more times he's in danger, things become clearer. Rufus is one of Dana's ancestors who lived in the American South as the son of the owner of a slave plantation. Unless she wants to risk her own existence, she has to keep him alive, which becomes more and more difficult as he becomes older and takes greater risks - and turns more and more into a white master his peers expect him to be. And as a black woman in this time and place, she is far from safe herself. The only way for her to return is when her own life is under threat - and beatings or whippings don't fall into that category as she painfully finds out. The modern woman has to adapt to her worst nightmare - the slavery of her ancestors with all its emotional, mental and physical consequences. This is a novel that has gripped me again and again for over 20 years. The time travel is used very well to show the contrast between past and present and how easy it is to judge in hindsight - but a lot more difficult to actually keep your dignity and withstand a society in which one race was seen as little more than cattle by the other, a dehumanizing situation for both sides. It's an excellent book by one of the few black authors of fantastic literature and I recommend it highly.

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