Georges

ISBN-10: 0812975898

ISBN-13: 9780812975895

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A major new translation of a stunning rediscovered novel by Alexandre Dumas,Georgesis a classic swashbuckling adventure. Brilliantly translated by Tina A. Kover in lively, fluid prose, this is Dumas7;s most daring work, in which his themes of intrigue and romance are illuminated by the issues of racial prejudice and the profound quest for identity. Georges Munier is a sensitive boy growing up in the nineteenth century on the island of Mauritius. The son of a wealthy mulatto, Pierre Munier, Georges regularly sees how his father7;s courage is tempered by a sense of inferiority before whites-and Georges vows that he will be different. When Georges matures into a man committed to 0;moral superiority mixed with physical strength,1; the stage is set for a conflict with the island7;s rich and powerful plantation owner, Monsieur de Malm'233;die, and a forbidden romance with Sara, the beautiful woman engaged to Malm'233;die7;s son. Swordplay, a slave rebellion, a harrowing escape, and a vow of vengeance-Georges is unmistakably the work of the master who wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Yet it stands apart as the only book Dumas ever wrote that confronts the subject of race-a potent topic, since Dumas was of African ancestry himself. This edition also features a captivating Introduction by Jamaica Kincaid and an eloquent Afterword and Notes by Werner Sollors, who addresses key themes such as colonialism, racism, African slavery, and interracial intimacy. Long out of print in America,Georgescan now be appreciated as never before and added to the greatest works of this immortal author. From the Hardcover edition.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Werner Sollors is Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

Jamaica Kincaid came to the United States in 1966 as a free-lance writer and is now on staff at the New Yorker. Her first volume of stories, At the Bottom of the River (1983), depicts men and women alienated from each other by conflict, physical separation, or death. The story "My Mother" vividly describes the painful separation between mother and daughter; and the stories in Annie John (1985) clearly reveal that the world of the past cannot be recaptured. Kincaid's poetic use of language and everyday images allows the reader to experience ordinary events with a new and heightened sensitivity. Kincaid is a relatively new writer whose works are beginning to receive critical attention.

After an idle youth, Alexandre Dumas went to Paris and spent some years writing. A volume of short stories and some farces were his only productions until 1927, when his play Henri III (1829) became a success and made him famous. It was as a storyteller rather than a playwright, however, that Dumas gained enduring success. Perhaps the most broadly popular of French romantic novelists, Dumas published some 1,200 volumes during his lifetime. These were not all written by him, however, but were the works of a body of collaborators known as "Dumas & Co." Some of his best works were plagiarized. For example, The Three Musketeers (1844) was taken from the Memoirs of Artagnan by an eighteenth-century writer, and The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) from Penchet's A Diamond and a Vengeance. At the end of his life, drained of money and sapped by his work, Dumas left Paris and went to live at his son's villa, where he remained until his death.

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