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Blonde Roots: From the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

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Europe is described as cold and grey, and Africa balmy, as if they were still located in their usual hemispheres—huh?

For the white majority (whose prosperity today is, at the very least, partially the result of the slave trade), this is a jolt.Payments made using National Book Tokens are processed by National Book Tokens Ltd, and you can read their Terms and Conditions here. There were some technologies of our modern world they seemed to have, but not others so I felt a bit lost trying to figure out where and when to place this in my mind. Locations are a hugely important to the story, many of them being based on recognisable places but being twisted so you have to think carefully about them. There are kidnaps, punishments, escapes, rapes, revenge, appalling living conditions, love, separations, reunions, sacrifice, and more. The Prologue statement is sobering: “remembering the 10-12 million Africans taken to Europe and the Americas as slaves.

But then it got really scary, as I realized it was so easy for my mind to shift back to imagining Doris and the other slaves as Black. After giving Doris a proper name -- "Omorenomwara" -- her African owner expects her to look respectable, which means wearing her straight blonde hair in plaited hoops all over her head and going barefoot. The title is amazing and I spent a long time thinking about it with all the implications, hidden and obvious.Blonde Roots ist leider noch nicht auf Deutsch erschienen und ich beneide die potentielle Übersetzerin nicht um ihre Aufgabe. What blew me away mainly is that BE manages to include so much commentary is this book and also has a fantastic story with great characters.

They convinced themselves that we do not feel as they do, so that they do not have to feel anything for us.Like countless millions, she was separated from family, then mercilessly driven, exploited, beaten and humiliated.

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