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    DescriptionJohn Fowles presents a remarkable translation of a nineteenth-century work that provided the seed for his acclaimed novel The French Lieutenant's Woman and that will astonish and haunt modern readers.Based on a true story, Claire de Duras's Ourika relates the experiences of a Senegalese girl who is rescued from slavery and raised by an aristocratic French family during the time of the French Revolution. Brought up in a household of learning and privilege, she is unaware of her difference until she overhears a conversation that suddenly makes her conscious of her race--and of the prejudice it arouses. From this point on, Ourika lives her life not as a French woman but as a black woman who feels "cut off from the entire human race." As the Reign of Terror threatens her and her adoptive family, Ourika struggles with her unusual position as an educated African woman in eighteenth-century Europe.A best-seller in the 1820s, Ourika captured the attention of Duras's peers, including Stendhal, and became the subject of four contemporary plays. The work represents a number of firsts: the first novel set in Europe to have a black heroine; the first French literary work narrated by a black female protagonist; and, as Fowles points out in the foreword to his translation, "the first serious attempt by a white novelist to enter a black mind."


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    Title
    Ourika: an English Translation
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Claire de Duras
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 80
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 109 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780873527804
    ISBN 10: 0873527801
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    BISAC V2.8: LIT004290
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    B&T Approval Code: A24244050
    DC21: 843.7
    DC22: 843/.7
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
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    LC classification: PQ2235.D65 O813 1994
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    Thema V1.0: FBA
    BIC E4L: GNR
    Publisher
    Modern Language Association of America
    Imprint name
    Modern Language Association of America
    Publication date
    01 January 1995
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Back cover copy
    Based on a true story, Ourika relates the experiences of a Senegalese girl who is rescued from slavery and raised by an aristocratic French family during the French Revolution. Brought up in a household of learning and privilege, she is unaware of her difference until she overhears a conversation that makes her suddenly conscious of her race - and of the prejudice it arouses. From this point on, Ourika lives her life not as a French woman but as a black woman "cut off from the entire human race". As the Reign of Terror threatens her and her adoptive family, Ourika struggles with her unusual position as an educated African woman in eighteenth-century Europe. A best-seller in the 1820s, Ourika captured the attention of Duras's peers, including Stendhal, and became the subject of four contemporary plays. The work represents a number of firsts: the first novel set in Europe to have a black heroine, the first French literary work narrated by a black female protagonist, and, as John Fowles points out in the foreword to his translation, "the first serious attempt by a white novelist to enter a black mind". An inspiration for Fowles's acclaimed novel The French Lieutenant's Woman, Ourika will astonish and haunt modern readers.