The Underground Railroad: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017

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From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent, wrenching, thrilling tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South
National Book Award Winner for Fiction 2016

"Whitehead is on a roll: the reviews have been sublime" Guardian

"Luminous, furious, wildly inventive" Observer

"Hands down one of the best, if not the best, book I've read this year" Stylist

"Dazzling" New York Review of Books

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North. In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants.

And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher sent to find Cora, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. At each stop on her journey, Cora encounters a different world. As Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America, from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.

'The Underground Railroad' is at once the story of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.
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Weight 0.324000
Author Whitehead, Colson
Availability IP
Department Literature
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780708898406
Pages 400
Published 29/06/2017
Publisher Little Brown and Company
Section Literature
Size Unfolded 196x127mm
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