Imaginez un choeur polyphonique réunissant douze femmes dont un homme trans, âgées de 19 à 93 ans, presque toutes noires, chantant leur(s) expérience(s) britannique(s) dans une scénographie multipliant décors et points de vue de Newcastle à Cornwall en passant par Londres et dans une chronologie s'étendant du XXe siècle aux trébuchements d'un XXIe siècle remodelé par les mouve-ments #metoo et #Blacklivesmatter. Cela donne Fille, Femme, autre, un roman-fusion époustouflant où, comme le soutien-gorge en son temps, la ponctuation a été allègrement jetée par la fenêtre. Son auteure, Bernardine Evaristo, a raflé comme une tornade dans son passage tous les honneurs dont le Man Booker Prize 2019 devenant ainsi la première femme noire à recevoir le prestigieux prix. C'est l'histoire entremêlée d'Amma, Yazz, Dominique, Carole, Bummi , LaTisha, Shirley, Winsome, Penelope, Megan/Morgan, Hattie et Grace et d'autres encore. Chacune d'elles cherche un avenir, une maison, l'amour, une mère absente, un père perdu, une identité, un genre - il, elle, iel - une existence, et au passage, le bonheur. Toutes ont traversé l'espace et le temps - pour atterrir au coeur de l'Angleterre, carrefour historique des migrations et échouer aux confins éternellement figés des castes britanniques. Femmes invisibles dans la société anglaise, elles prennent corps et âmes sous la plume libre et libératrice d'une auteure, poète, dramaturge qui, avec ce huitième roman, signe une oeuvre d'une grande vitalité.
Teeming with life and crackling with energy - a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood 'Astonishing. How she can speak through twelve different people and give them each such distinct and vibrant voices? I loved it. So much' Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie 'Didn't think I could love a Bernardine Evaristo novel more than The Emperor's Babe but with Girl, Woman, Other she might just have outdone herself' Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People 'Bernardine Evaristo can take any story from any time and turn it into something vibrating with life' Ali Smith, author of How to be both 'Witty, exhilarating and wise... Once again, Bernardine Evaristo reminds us she is one of Britain's best writers' Nikesh Shukla 'Exceptional. Ambitious, flowing and all-encompassing, an offbeat narrative that'll leave your mind in an invigorated whirl... You have to order it right now' Stylist 'At turns funny and sad, tender and true, this book deserves to win awards' Red Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.
Teeming with life and crackling with energy - a love song to modern Britain and black womanhood 'Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere. Her tales marry down-to-earth characters with engrossing story lines about identity, and the UK of today' Elif Shafak 'Evaristo's books are always exciting, always subversive, a reminder of the boundless possibilities of literature and the great worth in reaching for them. Her body of work is incredible' Diana Evans 'Witty, exhilarating and wise... Once again, Bernardine Evaristo reminds us she is one of Britain's best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtly and humanity. Exceptional' Nikesh Shukla Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. 'If you don't yet know her work, you should - she says things about modern Britain that no one else does' Maggie Gee, Guardian
The powerful, urgent manifesto on never giving up from Booker prize-winning trailblazer, Bernardine Evaristobr>br>Bernardine Evaristo''s 2019 Booker win - the first by a Black woman - was a revolutionary moment both for British culture and for her. After three decades as a trailblazing writer, teacher and activist, she moved from the margins to centre stage, taking her place in the spotlight at last. Her journey was a long one, but she made it, and she made history. br>br>MANIFESTO is Bernardine Evaristo''s intimate and inspirational, no-holds-barred account of how she did it, refusing to let any barriers stand in her way. She charts her creative rebellion against the mainstream and her life-long commitment to the imaginative exploration of ''untold'' stories. And drawing deeply on her own experiences, she offers a vital contribution to current conversations around social issues such as race, class, feminism, sexuality and aging. br>br>This is a unique book about staying true to yourself and to your vision. It''s about how to be unstoppable - in your craft, your work, your life. It is Bernardine Evaristo''s manifesto for never giving up.br>br>''Bernardine Evaristo is one of those writers who should be read by everyone, everywhere.'' Elif Shafakbr>br>''Bernardine Evaristo is one of Britain''s best writers, an iconic and unique voice, filled with warmth, subtlety and humanity. Exceptional'' Nikesh Shuklabr>br>''Bernardine Evaristo is the most daring, imaginative and innovative of writers'' Inua Ellams>
The Emperor's Babe is Bernardine Evaristo's unique lyrical portrait of Roman London Meet Zuleika: sassy girl about town, hellraiser, bored ex-child-bride, black Roman in Londinium, AD 211. In the place (and time) to be . . .
Through the bustling, hustling city, its slum tenements and sumptuous villas, we follow Zuleika, feisty and precocious daughter of Sudanese immigrants made good. Married to a fat, rich absent Roman, she is stranded in luxurious neglect, until, one day, Septimus Severus, the Emperor himself, comes to town, bringing with him not just love - but danger . . .
Funky and funny, sexy and moving, this novel in verse is a triumph of imaginative writing - and of sheer lyrical and emotional vitality.
'A heroine of ancient times for the modern age . . . a glittering fiction whose words leap off the page into life. Brilliant'The Times 'Funny, engaging and daring'Independent on Sunday 'Exhilarating . . . wildly entertaining then deeply affecting'Ali Smith 'Adventurous, compelling and utterly original. You won't read another book like it this year'The Times Bernardine Evaristo is the author of three critically acclaimed 'verse novels' - Lara, The Emperor's Babe (which won the Arts Council Award in 2000) and Soul Tourists - and two prose novels, Blonde Roots and Mr Loverman. Evaristo is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded an MBE in 2009. She lives in London.
Bernardine Evaristo's Mr Loverman: 'Brokeback Mountain with ackee and saltfish and old people' Dawn French Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris.
His deeply religious and disappointed wife, Carmel, thinks he sleeps with other women. When their marriage goes into meltdown, Barrington wants to divorce Carmel and live with Morris, but after a lifetime of fear and deception, will he manage to break away?
Mr Loverman is a ground-breaking exploration of Britain's older Caribbean community, which explodes cultural myths and fallacies and shows the extent of what can happen when people fear the consequences of being true to themselves.
Praise for Bernardine Evaristo:
'One of Britain's most innovative authors . . . Bernardine Evaristo always dares to be different' New Nation 'Evaristo remains an undeniably bold and energetic writer, whose world view is anything but one-dimensional' Sunday Times 'Audacious genre-bending, in-yer-face wit and masterly retellings of underwritten corners of history are the hallmarks of Evaristo's work' New Statesman Bernardine Evaristo is the author of three critically acclaimed 'verse novels' - Lara, The Emperor's Babe (which won the Arts Council Award in 2000) and Soul Tourists. Mr Loverman is her second prose novel, after 2008's Blonde Roots. Evaristo is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded an MBE in 2009. She lives in London.
AUTORA DO ANO E LIVRO DE FICÇÃO DO ANO
DO BRITISH BOOK AWARDS 2020
FINALISTA DO WOMEN'S PRIZE DE FICÇÃO 2020
FINALISTA DO ORWELL PRIZE DE FICÇÃO POLÍTICA 2020
As doze personagens centrais deste romance a várias vozes levam vidas muito diferentes: desde Amma, uma dramaturga cujo trabalho artístico frequentemente explora a sua identidade lésbica negra, à sua amiga de infância, Shirley, professora, exausta de décadas de trabalho nas escolas subfinanciadas de Londres; a Carole, uma das ex-alunas de Shirley, agora uma bem-sucedida gestora de fundos de investimento, ou a mãe desta, Bummi, uma empregada doméstica que se preocupa com o renegar das raízes africanas por parte da filha.
Quase todas elas mulheres, negras e, de uma maneira ou de outra, resultado do legado do império colonial britânico. As suas histórias, a das suas famílias, amigos e amantes, compõem um retrato multifacetado e realista dos nossos dias, de uma sociedade multicultural que se confronta com a herança do seu passado e luta contra as contradições do presente.
Um romance atual, brilhantemente escrito, que repensa as questões de identidade, género e classe com o pano de fundo do colonialismo, da emigração e da diáspora.
«Rapariga, Mulher, Outra fervilha de vitalidade... Evaristo revela as experiências comuns que fazem de todos nós elementos da mesma família humana.» - FINANCIAL TIMES
«Se ainda não conhece, devia conhecer a obra desta autora.» - THE GUARDIAN
It's a hot summer afternoon. Tension is in the air. A gang of youths on bikes gathers outside a chip shop. A teenage boy is stabbed and left bleeding on the street.
The boy's mother wonders how this could have happened to her son. She is full of questions, but when the answers lie so close to home, are they really what she wants to hear?
The funny and fabulous tale of two twentieth-century misfits and their adventure into European history...
It is 1988, and Jessie, artiste, motormouth, ducker and diver, meets Stanley, angst-ridden banker and boffin. Jessie arrives like a guardian angel and lifts Stanley out of his soul-less life. He ditches his job, and together they set off across Europe. Destination -- unknown. Duration -- indeterminate. So begins an odyssey which turns into an adventure on the stage of European history featuring Shakespeare's "dark lady of the sonnets", Pushkin's African great-grandfather, the composer Chevalier de St. Georges and other colourful characters from Europe's past.
The most provocative debut novel of the year, "a dizzying satire" (The New Yorker) that "boldly turns history on its head" (Elle).
What if the history of the transatlantic slave trade had been reversed and Africans had enslaved Europeans? How would that have changed the ways that people justified their inhuman behavior? How would it inform our cultural attitudes and the insidious racism that still lingers today? We see this tragicomic world turned upside down through the eyes of Doris, an Englishwoman enslaved and taken to the New World, movingly recounting experiences of tremendous hardship and the dreams of the people she has left behind, all while journeying toward an escape into freedom.
A poignant and dramatic story grounded in provocative ideas, Blonde Roots is a genuinely original, profoundly imaginative novel.