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Abeng

 
 
 
 
Abeng
Author: Michelle Cliff
ISBN 13: 9780452274839
ISBN 10: 452274834
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Plume
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $14.00
 
 

A lyrical coming-of-age story and a provocative retelling of the colonial history of Jamaica

Originally published in 1984, this critically acclaimed novel is the story of Clare Savage, a light-skinned, twelve-year-old, middle-class girl growing up in Jamaica in the 1950s. As she tries to find her own identity and place in her culture, Clare carries the burden of her mixed heritage. There are the Maroons, who used the conch shell—the abeng—to pass messages as they fought against their English enslavers. And there is her white great-great-grandfather, Judge Savage, who burned his hundred slaves on the eve of their emancipation. In Clare's struggle to reconcile the conflicting legacies of her own personal lineage, esteemed Caribbean author Michelle Cliff dramatically confronts the cultural and psychological violence inflicted upon the island and its people by colonialism.