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Abeng : a novel

Author: Michelle Cliff
Publisher: Trumansburg, N.Y. : Crossing Press, ©1984.
Series: Crossing Press feminist series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Abeng" is a kind of prequel to the highly acclaimed novel (No Telephone to Heaven) 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feminist fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cliff, Michelle.
Abeng.
Trumansburg, N.Y. : Crossing Press, ©1984
(OCoLC)657139953
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0895941406 9780895941404 0895941392 9780895941398
OCLC Number: 9082355
Description: 167 pages ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Crossing Press feminist series.
Responsibility: by Michelle Cliff.

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"Abeng" is a kind of prequel to the highly acclaimed novel (No Telephone to Heaven) 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 novel is a triumph.

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