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About the book
  • Published: 8 September 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099462217
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $26.99

The Longest Memory




Remarkable for its keenness of observation, subtlety, and restraint, The Longest Memoryheralds the arrival of a major new voice in the contemporary literature of the African diaspora.

Written in taut, poetic language, THE LONGEST MEMORY is set on a Virginian plantation in the 19th century, and tells the tragic story of a rebellious, fiercely intelligent young slave who breaks all the rules: in learning to read and write, in falling in love with a white girl, the daughter of his owner, and, finally, in trying to escape and join her in the free North. For his attempt to flee, he is whipped to death in front of his family, and this brutal event is the pivot around which the story evolves.

  • Pub date: 8 September 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099462217
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

Fred D'aguiar

Fred D'Aguiar is a poet and novelist. Born in 1960, he was raised in Guyana and London. He is currently Professor of English and Gloria D. Smith Professor of Africana Studies at Virginia Tech State University. His first novel, The Longest Memory, won the 1994 Whitbread First Novel Award.

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Praise for The Longest Memory

“A haunting novel whose brevity and directness belie the depths of tragedy it plumbs.”

Aida Edemariam, The Guardian (London)


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