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Washington Black

Washington Black

作者 : Esi Edugyan

出版社 : ALFRED A. KNOPF

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定價 : NT 439

售價 : NT439

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2018曼布克獎入圍小說


入圍2018年曼布克獎初選名單!

原本在巴貝多糖廠工作的十一歲奴隸Washington,在一群奴隸中被新的主人看中,離開糖廠進入了一個他從沒有看過的世界。

這個世界由新主人Christopher Wilde所創造,他是一個探險家、發明家、自然學家和廢奴主義者,天生好奇,最近沉迷於創造一個飛行工具,這讓他身邊的人都大感困擾。

但他的世界裡總是充滿了新奇有趣的事物,讓Washington大開眼界,在夜間被一大片水母點亮的海洋,一張簡單的布製天篷就能讓一個人彈到天空中,一個被鎖鏈困住的男孩可以看見自己的未來,既定限制隔開的兩個人,可以真正看見對方的本質。

但就在某人被殺害之後,Wilde被迫在家人和Washington之間做出選擇,接下來兩人的人生旅程有了不一樣的方向,讓兩人相遇相知的因素,卻也造成了兩人的分離……

From the author of the award-winning international best seller Half-Blood Blues comes a dazzling new novel, about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.

Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic, where Wash, left on his own, must invent another new life, one that will propel him further across the globe. From the sultry cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, Washington Black tells a story of friendship and betrayal, love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again--and asks the question, What is true freedom?
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