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- DescriptionEver since Abeng was first published in 1984, Michelle Cliff has steadily become a literary force. Her vels evoke both the clearly delineated hierarchies of colonial Jamaica and the subtleties of present-day island life. Nowhere is her power felt more than in Clare Savage, her Jamaican heroine, who appeared, already grown, in No Telephone to Heaven. Abeng is a kind of prequel to that highly acclaimed vel and is a small masterpiece in its own right. Here Clare is twelve years old, the light-skinned daughter of a middle-class family, growing up among the complex contradictions of class versus color, blood versus history, harsh reality versus delusion, in a colonized country. In language that surrounds us with a richness of meaning and voices, the several strands of young Clare's heritage are explored: the Maroons, who used the conch shell - the abeng - to pass messages as they fought a guerilla struggle against their English enslavers; and the legacy of Clare's white great-great-grandfather, Judge Savage, who burned his hundred slaves on the eve of their emancipation. A lyrical, explosive coming-of-age story combined with a provocative retelling of the colonial history of Jamaica, this vel is a triumph.
- Author Biography<b>Michelle Cliff</b> was born in Jamaica and is the author of three acclaimed novels: <b>Abeng</b>, its sequel, <b>No Telephone to Heaven</b>, and <b>Free Enterprise</b> (Plume). She has also written a collection of short stories, <b>Bodies of Water</b> (Plume), and two poetry collections, <b>The Land of Look Behind</b> and <b>Claiming an Identity They Tought Me to Despise</b>. She is Allan K. Smith Professor of English Language and Literature at Trinity College in Connecticut and divides her time between Hartford, Connecticut, and Santa Cruz, California.
- Author(s)Michelle Cliff
- PublisherPenguin Putnam Inc
- Date of Publication28/09/1995
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew American Library
- Out-of-print date30/01/2010
- Weight159 g
- Width140 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine20 mm
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