Kindred

Kindred : The ground-breaking masterpiece

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Octavia E. Butler's ground-breaking masterpiece, with an original foreword by Ayobami Adebayo.

'A marvel of imagination, empathy and detail' NEW YORK TIMES

'The marker you should judge all other time-travelling narratives by' GUARDIAN

'One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had' JUNOT DIAZ

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In 1976, Dana dreams of being a writer. In 1815, she is assumed a slave.

When Dana first meets Rufus on a Maryland plantation, he's drowning. She saves his life - and it will happen again and again.

Neither of them understands his power to summon her whenever his life is threatened, nor the significance of the ties that bind them.

And each time Dana saves him, the more aware she is that her own life might be over before it's even begun.

This is the extraordinary story of two people bound by blood, separated by so much more than time.

'No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential' CAROLINE O'DONOGHUE

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PRAISE FOR OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

'Unnervingly prescient and wise' YAA GYASI

'Butler's evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human' NEW YORK TIMES

'Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision' GUARDIAN

'Octavia Butler was a visionary' VIOLA DAVIS

'An icon of the Afrofuturism world, envisioning literary realms that placed black characters front and center' VANITY FAIR

'Butler writes with such a familiarity that the alien is welcome and intriguing. She really artfully exposes our human impulse to self-destruct' LUPITA NYONG'O
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 220g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1472258223
  • 9781472258229
  • 981

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One of the most significant literary artists of the twentieth century. One cannot exaggerate the impact she has had -- Junot Diaz Butler's prose, always pared back to the bone, delineates the painful paradoxes of metamorphosis with compelling precision * Guardian * A dark, compelling and still horribly resonant time travel story * Independent * [Her] evocative, often troubling, novels explore far-reaching issues of race, sex, power and, ultimately, what it means to be human * New York Times * No novel I've read this year has felt as relevant, as gut-wrenching or as essential... If you've ever tweeted "All Lives Matter", someone needs to shove Kindred into your hand, and quickly * The Pool * Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again * Harlan Ellison * One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art * Los Angeles Herald-Examiner * [A] must-read novel * BBC * Everyone should read at least one novel by the grand dame of science fiction, and Kindred is a perfect (and harrowing and disturbing and brilliant) place to start * Refinery 29 * The immediate effect of reading Octavia Butler's Kindred is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it's wimping out... This is a brilliant book, utterly absorbing, very well written, and deeply distressing. It's very hard to read, not because it's not good but because it's so good * Tor * A searing, caustic examination of bizarre and alien practices on the third planet from the sun * Kirkus * One of the most original, thought-provoking works examining race and identity * Los Angeles Times * Impossible to turn away from once you've devoured the first few pages * Starburst * If you haven't read Butler, you don't yet understand how rich the possibilities of science fiction can be * Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction * Butler's books are exceptional * Village Voice * Few writers in our field are so good at blending page-turners with philosophical questions so seamlessly -- Cory Doctorow
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About Octavia E. Butler

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER (1947-2006) was the renowned author of numerous ground-breaking novels, including Kindred, Wild Seed, and Parable of the Sower. Recipient of the Locus, Hugo and Nebula awards, and a PEN Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work, in 1995 she became the first science-fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship 'Genius Grant'. A pioneer of her genre, Octavia's dystopian novels explore myriad themes of Black injustice, women's rights, global warming and political disparity, and her work is taught in over two hundred colleges and universities nationwide.

In 2020, Octavia E. Butler became a New York Times bestselling author.
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132,528 ratings
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4 37% (49,674)
3 12% (16,076)
2 3% (3,476)
1 1% (1,143)
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