Solomon Northup

  • 12 years a Slave

    Solomon Northup

    Témoignage d'un menuisier et violoniste noir américain, enlevé en 1841 pour être vendu comme esclave. Il retrouve son statut d'homme libre au bout de douze ans et entreprend alors de raconter son histoire en analysant et en décrivant l'utilisation d'une main-d'oeuvre peu coûteuse, essentielle à l'économie agraire du sud des Etats-Unis. Adapté pour le cinéma par S. McQueen en 2013.

  • Témoignage d'un menuisier et violoniste noir enlevé en 1841 pour être vendu comme esclave. Il retrouve son statut d'homme libre au bout de douze ans et entreprend alors de raconter son histoire en analysant et en décrivant l'utilisation d'une main-d'oeuvre peu coûteuse, essentielle à l'économie agraire du sud des Etats-Unis. Adapté au cinéma par S. McQueen en 2013.

  • Ce livre raconte l'histoire de Solomon Northup, un menuisier et violoniste noir du Nord. Homme libre, il est enlevé une nuit alors qu'il voyage loin de chez lui pour être vendu comme esclave. Pendant douze ans, il vit « l'institution particulière » de près : travail forcé de l'aube jusqu'au crépuscule et des coups de fouet sans cesse. Quand il retrouve enfin son statut d'homme libre, il s'attèle à décrire minutieusement ce qu'il a vécu et ce livre en est le résultat.

    Malgré son calvaire, il réussit à décrire l'économie du Sud avec un oeil de sociologue, une économie agraire qui comble son manque de productivité et son retard en matière d'industrialisation avec cette main d'oeuvre particulièrement peu coûteuse que sont les esclaves.

  • The shocking first-hand account of one man''s remarkable fight for freedom; now an award-winning motion picture.
    ''Why had I not died in my young years - before God had given me children to love and live for? What unhappiness and suffering and sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for liberty; but the bondsman''s chain was round me, and could not be shaken off.'' 1841: Solomon Northup is a successful violinist when he is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Taken from his family in New York State - with no hope of ever seeing them again - and forced to work on the cotton plantations in the Deep South, he spends the next twelve years in captivity until his eventual escape in 1853.
    First published in 1853, this extraordinary true story proved to be a powerful voice in the debate over slavery in the years leading up to the Civil War. It is a true-life testament of one man''s courage and conviction in the face of unfathomable injustice and brutality: its influence on the course of American history cannot be overstated.

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  • 1841, ville de Washington. Deux hommes abordent Solomon Northup et lui proposent de jouer du violon dans leur cirque itinérant. À peine a-t-il accepté de les suivre qu'il est drogué et enlevé. Son identité est effacée et il est contraint de se présenter comme un esclave de naissance. Pendant douze terribles années, Solomon est vendu de propriété en propriété, travaillant dans les champs de coton ou sur des chantiers de construction en Louisiane. Dormant à même le sol poussiéreux, affamé, fouetté, il est menacé de mort par des maîtres qui le considèrent comme un sous-homme. Seule sa volonté de fer lui permet de ne pas sombrer dans la folie. Car Northup n'a qu'un objectif : survivre pour retrouver sa femme et ses trois enfants. Il ne laisse pas la cruauté le briser, et n'oublie jamais qui il est réellement : un homme prêt à tout pour retrouver sa liberté.

    Magnifique livre mais bouleversante histoire vécue.

    12 years a slave - Le livre qui a inspiré le film de Steve McQueen raconte ce drame sur l'esclavage. Il a été sacré meilleur film aux Oscars. "Je dédie ce prix à toutes les personnes qui ont enduré l'esclavage et aux 21 millions de personnes qui sont encore sous le joug de l'esclavage aujourd'hui" a déclaré le Britannique Steve McQueen en recevant l'Oscar du meilleur film, aux côtés de son co-producteur Brad Pitt, qui a vécu le travail sur le film comme "un privilège". Le film a également remporté le trophée du scénario adapté et valu à la Mexicano-kenyane Lupita Nyong'o, devant une salle debout, l'Oscar du second rôle pour son rôle d'esclave martyrisée.

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  • Twelve Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup

    "Born a free man in New York State in 1808, Solomon Northup was kidnapped in Washington, D.C., in 1841. He spent the next twelve harrowing years of his life as a slave on a Louisiana cotton plantation. During this time he was frequently abused and often afraid for his life. After regaining his freedom in 1853, Northup decided to publish this gripping autobiographical account of his captivity. As an educated man, Northup was able to present an exceptionally detailed and accurate description of slave life and plantation society. Indeed, this book is probably the fullest, most realistic picture of the "peculiar institution" during the three decades before the Civil War. Moreover, Northup tells his story both from the viewpoint of an outsider, who had experienced thirty years of freedom and dignity in the United States before his capture, and as a slave, reduced to total bondage and submission. Very few personal accounts of American slavery were written by slaves with a similar history. Published in 1853, Northup's book found a ready audience and almost immediately became a bestseller. Aside from its vivid depiction of the detention, transportation, and sale of slaves, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE is admired for its classic accounts of cotton and sugar production, its uncannily precise recall of people, times, and places, and the compelling details that recreate the daily routine of slaves in the Gulf South"--

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  • The shocking first-hand account of one man's remarkable fight for freedom; now an award-winning motion picture.

  • An official tie-in edition of this eloquent and powerful memoir, to accompany Steve McQueen's major new film starring Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Quvenzhané Wallis.

    Solomon Northup is a free man, living in New York. Then he is kidnapped and sold into slavery.

    Drugged, beaten, given a new name and transported away from his wife and children to a Louisiana cotton plantation, Solomon will die if he reveals his true identity. This is the searing true story of his twelve years as a slave: the endless brutality, daily humiliations and constant fear, but also the small ways in which he and his fellow men try to survive.

    Twelve Years a Slave is a unique, unflinching record of slavery from the inside, and the incredible account of one man whose life was ripped from him - and who fought to get it back.

    'A moving, vital testament to one of slavery's "many thousands gone" who retained his humanity in the bowels of degradation' - Saturday Review 'I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frank's diary, only published nearly a hundred years before' - Steve McQueen Solomon Northup was a free man kidnapped into slavery in Washington, D.C. in 1841. Shortly after his escape, he published his memoirs to great acclaim and brought legal action against his abductors, though they were never prosecuted. The details of his life thereafter are unknown, but he is believed to have died in Glen Falls, New York, around 1863.

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  • " Je suis né libre et j'ai vécu avec ma famille jusqu'au jour où deux hommes m'ont drogué, séquestré et vendu comme esclave. Pendant douze ans, j'ai connu la servitude et l'humiliation. Dormant à même le sol, affamé, fouetté, j'ai failli sombrer dans la folie... mais je n'ai jamais laissé la cruauté me briser.
    Depuis ma libération, des romans se sont intéressés à l'esclavage, et ont connu une diffusion sans précédent. Je partage dans ces pages mon expérience personnelle. Mon objectif est d'en faire un récit sincère et fidèle, et laisse aux autres le soin de décider ce qui, de la fiction ou de la réalité, donne l'image de l'injustice la plus cruelle ou de l'aliénation la plus sévère. " La bouleversante histoire vraie qui a inspiré le film

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    Northup Solomon

    NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING EBOOK The story that inspired the major motion picture produced by Brad Pitt, directed by Steve McQueen, and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing, vividly detailed, and utterly unforgettable account of slavery. This beautifully designed ebook edition of Twelve Years a Slave features an introduction by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, the bestselling author of Wench. Solomon Northup was an entrepreneur and dedicated family man, father to three young children, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Alonzo. What little free time he had after long days of manual and farm labor, he spent reading books and playing the violin. Though his father was born into slavery, Solomon was born and lived free. In March 1841, two strangers approached Northup, offering him employment as a violinist in a town hundreds of miles away from his home in Saratoga Springs, New York. Solomon bid his wife farewell until his return. Only after he was drugged and bound, did he realize the strangers were kidnappers--that nefarious brand of criminals in the business of capturing runaway and free blacks for profit. Thus began Northup's life as a slave. Dehumanized, beaten, and worked mercilessly, Northup suffered all the more wondering what had become of his family. One owner was savagely cruel and Northup recalls he was "indebted to him for nothing, save undeserved abuse." Just as he felt the summer of his life fade and all hope nearly lost, he met a kind-hearted stranger who changed the course of his life. With its first-hand account of this country's Peculiar Institution, this is a book no one interested in American history can afford to miss.

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