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Blonde Roots: From the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

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Her verse novel The Emperor's Babe was adapted into a BBC Radio 4 play in 2013 and her novella Hello Mum was broadcast as a Radio 4 play in 2012. Not easy to read at first, but that’s not what bothered me: why is it so very close to Afro-Caribbean patois rather than anything derived from British English, given that’s where the slaves are from? Language itself becomes a source of comedy in the novel’s final section, when Doris ends up in the West Japanese plantations and learns the slaves’ patois. The epigraph she takes from Nietzsche underlines the point of such a reversal: ‘Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth. We see this tragicomic world turned upside down through the eyes of Doris, an Englishwoman enslaved and taken to the New World, movingly recounting experiences of tremendous hardship and the dreams of the people she has left behind, all while journeying toward an escape into freedom.

For the white majority (whose prosperity today is, at the very least, partially the result of the slave trade), this is a jolt. At one point, there are questions about how a whyte slave, who’s lost most of their family to slavery, can cosy up to the blak masters for an easier life. Blonde Roots ist leider noch nicht auf Deutsch erschienen und ich beneide die potentielle Übersetzerin nicht um ihre Aufgabe. The England of Doris’s childhood is medieval and feudal, but Great Ambossa, the small but wealthy island off the main continent of Aphrika, with its capital of Londolo, shares features of our age with aspects of a futuristic dystopia.Bernardine Evaristo is the Anglo-Nigerian award-winning author of several books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora: past, present, real, imagined. Bernardine Evaristo, όπου οι μαύροι είναι οι δουλέμποροι που καταδυναστεύουν τους λευκούς, τους κάνουν την ζωή αφόρητη, τους συμπεριφέρονται σαν να μην είναι άνθρωποι, τους πουλάνε και τους αγοράζουν όποτε τους συμφέρει. She is not seeking to score points about whites and blacks; the thrust seems merely to be that we're no different from one another. Her books are: MR LOVERMAN (Penguin, 2013), HELLO MUM (Penguin 2010), LARA (Bloodaxe 2009), BlONDE ROOTS (Penguin 2008), SOUL TOURISTS (Penguin 2005), THE EMPEROR'S BABE (Penguin 2001), the first version of LARA (ARP 1997), ISLAND OF ABRAHAM (Peepal Tree, 1994). Questa tipologia di cranio contiene un cervello di dimensioni molto più limitate, che non ha potuto espandersi oltre i limiti della sua calotta.

There is a minstrel show where performers “whtye up”, they “whyte up and do Morris Dancing (yes really!At first it seemed an intriguing story, and I was slightly amused by the irony and imagination of Evaristo. Notevole è il lavoro della Evaristo che cambia e adatta tutti i termini e la cultura (ecco perché merita di essere letta in originale. Don't be fooled; slavery might have ended 150 years ago, but you've still got time to be enlightened by this bracing novel. When Evaristo sticks to these aspects of her story, I think it works amazingly well; however, she makes some odd auxiliary choices.

Doris never hints at a rosy-tinted nostalgia for the social structures of home - it had its own injustices aplenty (as her family experienced from being at the bottom of the pile) - and by implication, nor does Evaristo for the tribal structures of historical Africa. Bernardine Evaristo was born in Woolwich, south east London, the fourth of eight children, to an English mother and Nigerian father.That’s the premise Evaristo uses to launch this harrowing alternate history, which in general does a fantastic job shedding fresh light not just on the horrors of slavery—which, even if we are all generally aware of them, it can never hurt to be reminded of in stark, brutal, specific detail: people did these things to other people—but also on slavery’s ongoing ripples and aftereffects, exposing the very white, Eurocentric way we may still consider the natural way to view the world. Similarly, the slaves’ church is more like black gospel churches than a hybrid of the Church of England and the beliefs of the slavers in the story. Along with the beasts of burden who work the fields, the Caucasoi is incapable of acute emotionality because, due to its Neo-Primate state, it is but a few steps up from the animal kingdom with its primary preoccupations of Perambulate, Agitate, Capitulate, Somnambulate, Ejaculate, Procreate, Masticate, Procrastinate and Hibernate.

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