Palmares

£9.99

Almeyda, born on a Brazilian slave plantation, is seven when Father Tollinaire teaches her to read – though only the books that he allows, and only in the pronunciation he dictates. Like her mother, she becomes a house servant, spared the labour of the fields. But when the master offers the young virgin to his friends, her mother rebels – resulting in mother and daughter being separated and sold on. From plantation to plantation, Almeyda hears whispers, rumours of Palmares, a community of escaped slaves. It is said to have its own spy network, making raids on plantations, setting the slaves free. But can this promised land be real?

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A 2022 PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST
LONGLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE

‘A once-in-a-lifetime work of literature, the kind that changes your understanding of the world’ Yara Rodriguez Fowler, Guardian
‘Astonishingly rich in character and incident, filled with magic and mystery’ Sunday Times

‘Intricate, mesmerizing and endlessly inventive and subversive’ Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
‘A story woven with extraordinary complexity, depth and skill’, Robert Jones, Jr, author of The Prophets

AN EPIC TALE OF LOVE AND LIBERATION SET IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY COLONIAL BRAZIL

From plantation to plantation, Almeyda, a young slave girl, hears whispers, rumours of Palmares, a hidden settlement where fugitive slaves live free. But can this promised land exist? And what price is paid for ‘freedom’?

In Palmares, Gayl Jones brings to life a world full of unforgettable characters, reimagining extraordinary historical events and combining them with mythology and magic. The result is a sweeping saga spanning a quarter of a century. Of Gayl Jones, the New Yorker noted, ‘[Her] great achievement is to reckon with both history and interiority, and to collapse the boundary between them.’ Like nothing else before it, Palmares embodies this gift.

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 12.6 × 4.2 cm
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Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

560

Language

English

Edition

1st paperback ed

Dewey

813.6 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K