Twelve Years a Slave - Northup, Solomon
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Now the major motion picture that won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong'o, and directed by Steve McQueen Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation.…mehr

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Now the major motion picture that won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong'o, and directed by Steve McQueen Perhaps the best written of all the slave narratives, Twelve Years a Slave is a harrowing memoir about one of the darkest periods in American history. It recounts how Solomon Northup, born a free man in New York, was lured to Washington, D.C., in 1841 with the promise of fast money, then drugged and beaten and sold into slavery. He spent the next twelve years of his life in captivity on a Louisiana cotton plantation. After his rescue, Northup published this exceptionally vivid and detailed account of slave life. It became an immediate bestseller and today is recognized for its unusual insight and eloquence as one of the very few portraits of American slavery produced by someone as educated as Solomon Northup, or by someone with the dual perspective of having been both a free man and a slave. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd (UK
  • Seitenzahl: 304
  • Erscheinungstermin: 31. Juli 2012
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 195mm x 130mm x 22mm
  • Gewicht: 245g
  • ISBN-13: 9780143106708
  • ISBN-10: 0143106708
  • Artikelnr.: 34553416
Autorenporträt
SOLOMON NORTHUP was 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 persecuted. The details of his life thereafter are unknown, but he is believed to have died in Glen Falls, NY, around 1863. IRA BERLIN (introducer) is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland. His many books include THE MAKING OF AFRICAN AMERICA (Viking Penguin) and MANY THOUSANDS GONE: THE FIRST TWO CENTURIES OF SLAVERY IN NORTH AMERICA, winner of the Bancroft Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. HENRY LOUIS GATES JR. (general editor) is Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W. E. B Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. A MacArthur Fellow, he is also editor-in-chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center, host of Faces of America (PBS), and editor-in-chief of TheRoot.com.
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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Rezension
Süddeutsche Zeitung | Besprechung von 07.03.2014

NEUE TASCHENBÜCHER
„12 Years
a Slave“
Gegen den authentischen Bericht von Solomon Northup – verfilmt von Steve McQueen – verblasst Harriet Beecher Stowes „Onkel Toms Hütte“ zur sentimentalen Antiquität. Northup wurde 1841 als freier Bürger des Staates New York durch Betrug entführt, in die Sklaverei verkauft und erduldete zwölf lange Jahre ein grausames Martyrium auf Zucker- und Baumwollplantagen im Süden der USA. Dass er 1853 seine Freiheit wiedererlangte, grenzt ans Wunderbare. Anfangs versucht er, die Haltung eines freien Mannes zu wahren, doch die Sklavenhalter lassen keinen Zweifel, er muss unter einem Sklavennamen schuften. Erstaunlich ist die Genauigkeit in der Schilderung von Arbeitsdetails und wechselnden Stimmungen – Verzweiflung, Hoffnung und bitterer Fatalismus. Northup schönt so wenig wie er übertreibt, gerade deshalb ist sein Bericht so eindringlich und erzürnend. In all dem Elend und Blut wirkt die Beschreibung der Schönheit eines Feldes surreal: „Wenige Anblicke schmeicheln dem Auge mehr als ein weites Baumwollfeld in voller Blüte. Es bietet ein Bild von Reinheit ähnlich einer hellen Fläche jungfräulichen Neuschnees.“  HARALD EGGEBRECHT
  
Solomon Northup:
Twelve Years A Slave. A. d. Engl. von Johannes Sabinski, Alexander Weber. Piper Verlag, München 2014.
288 Seiten, 9,99 Euro.
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