• PALMARES

    Gayl Jones

    Palmares is the long-awaited book from ''the best American novelist whose name you may not know'' ( Atlantic ). A sweeping, magnificent historical epic, set in 17th-century Brazil, that has its basis in extraordinary historical events. 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 takes action - 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? And what price is paid for ''freedom''? Powerful and compelling, Palmares is set in the 17th century, on the last of the fugitive slave settlements in colonial Brazil. Combining her mastery of language with mythology and magical realism, Jones reimagines the historical novel. Gayl Jones is one of the great literary writers of the 20th century. Originally discovered and championed by Toni Morrison, Jones published several novels, and her talent was hailed by writers from James Baldwin to John Updike. Then personal tragedy caused her to close herself off from the world. Now, for the first time in over 20 years, Jones is ready to publish again.

  • Meurtrière

    Gayl Jones

    Meurtrière est cette femme qui, à force d'être réduite au silence, se trouve réduite à tuer. Eva a tué un homme : pourtant, à la question d'Elvira, l'autre femme en cellule avec elle, Eva ne répond jamais. Mais les mots de l'autre enclenchent l'anamnèse de scènes antérieures, font revenir des paroles oubliées: au travers du corps d'Eva, meurtrie et meurtrière, se revivent les viols dont ont été victimes et elle, et d'autres femmes (elle, petite fille, une autre, tout enfant encore, sa mère, la vamp du quartier...). Avec ses mots simples et obsédants, Gayl Jones approche le ressassement obsessionnel où se trouve emmurée Eva, pour dire, loin d'un pur fantasme, le viol réel incessant que refusent les femmes, et soutenir par la fiction ce refus politique.

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