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Beloved

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Discover Toni Morrison's most iconic work in this Pulitzer-prize winning novel that exemplifies her powerful and important place in contemporary American literature.

`An American masterpiece' AS Byatt

It is the mid-1800s and as slavery looks to be coming to an end, Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma it wrought on her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky. Her dead baby daughter, whose tombstone bears the single word, Beloved, returns as a spectre to punish her mother, but also to elicit her love. Told with heart-stopping clarity, melding horror and beauty, Beloved is Toni Morrison's enduring masterpiece.

`Toni Morrison was a giant of her times and ours..."Beloved," is a heartbreaking testimony to the ongoing ravages of slavery, and should be read by all' Margaret Atwood, New York Times

`The literary titan we must never stop learning from' Metro

Winner of the PEN/Saul Bellow award for achievement in American fiction
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 245g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099511657
  • 9780099511656
  • 686

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Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved" is a towering achievement.
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"A magnificent achievement...an American masterpiece"
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"[Beloved] has left the realm of fiction and become a force of nature" * Guardian * "A magnificent achievement...an American masterpiece" -- A.S. Byatt * Guardian * "A triumph" -- Margaret Atwood * New York Times Book Review * "She melds horror and beauty in a story that will disturb the mind forever" * Sunday Times * "Toni Morrison is not just an important contemporary novelist but a major figure in our national literature" * New York Review of Books * "A work of genuine force. . .Beautifully written" * Washington Post * "There is something great in Beloved: a play of human voices, consciously exalted, perversely stressed, yet holding true. It gets you" * The New Yorker * "Superb. . .A profound and shattering story that carries the weight of history. . .Exquisitely told" * Cosmopolitan * "This is a wonderful novel about slavery, freedom, parental loss and revenants" * The Week, Thomas Keneally *
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About Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She was the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Sula, Beloved, Paradise and Love. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour, in 2012 by Barack Obama. Toni Morrison died on 5 August 2019 at the age of eighty-eight.
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Stay away from this book. Boring, pretentious and non-nonsensical, this book is not worth it even if you got it for free.show more
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