Reading from Her Novel Unconfessed
Finalist, 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award
for a Distinguished First Book of Fiction
4:30 PM, Monday, September 24, 2007
Biddle Rare Book Room, Perkins Library, Duke West Campus
Free and Open to the Public
Yvette Christiansë is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Fordham University. Her poetry, prose, and scholarly writings have been published in South Africa, Australia, Canada, and the United States. In addition to Unconfessed (Other Press, 2006), she is the author of Castaway (Duke University Press, 1999), a book of poetry.
Priase for Unconfessed:
"A gorgeous, devastating song of freedom that will inevitably be compared to Toni Morrison’s Beloved. But it deserves to stand on its own."
-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Little has been written about what it was like to be a slave in South Africa under the early white settlers. This debut novel tells it through the first-person, present-tense narrative of Sila, once a slave, now a prisoner on Robben Island off Cape Town in the 1820s....the history is authentic, and Sila's brave, desperate voice reveals the vicious brutality as well as surprising discoveries of love and friendship. Readers of Toni Morrison's classic Beloved will recognize the story of a mother driven to save her children at any cost."
-- Booklist, Hazel Rochman
"...Christiansë is able to create an enveloping air of mystery in her slow revelations of the specific nature of Sila's crime and punishment. This mastery of suspenseful plotting shows in both the present action and the flashbacks...The pages of Unconfessed are full of powerful images of an institution capable of engendering horrendous evil; yet it is one that cannot entirely defeat hope and love."
-- The New York Times Book Review, Uzodinma Iweala
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