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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.

Reviews

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

Aida Edemariam, The Guardian (London)

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099462217

    September 8, 1995

    Vintage

    144 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781446496343

    November 16, 2017

    Vintage Digital

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