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Biography of a Runaway Slave : Fiftieth Anniversary Edition (Revised) (Paperback) (Miguel Barnet)

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Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

Translated from the Spanish by W. Nick Hill

Introduction by William Luis

Originally published in 1966, Miguel Barnet’s Biography of a Runaway Slave provides the written history of the life of Esteban Montejo, who lived as a slave, as a fugitive in the wilderness, and as a soldier fighting against Spain in the Cuban War of Independence. A new introduction by one of the most preeminent Afro-Hispanic scholars, William Luis, situates Barnet’s ethnographic strategy and lyrical narrative style as foundational for the tradition of testimonial fiction in Latin American literature. Barnet recorded his interviews with the 103-year-old Montejo at the onset of the Cuban Revolution. This insurgent’s history allows the reader into the folklore and cultural history of Afro-Cubans before and after the abolition of slavery. The book serves as an important contribution to the archive of black experience in Cuba and as a reminder of the many ways that the present continues to echo the past. 

Edition: Revised
Number of Pages: 185.0
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Northwestern Univ Pr
Author: Miguel Barnet
Language: English
Street Date: April 15, 2016
TCIN: 51134677
UPC: 9780810133419
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-0208

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