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Nat Turner's Tragic Search for Freedom: From Deprivation to Vengeance Paperback – July 6, 2006
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An important historical novel... breathtaking. -- Groupe de La Cité International Diffusion
About the Author
As Colette R. Oberlin of France-Amérique noted in 1998 after L'Ange noir (translated as Nat Turner's Tragic Search for Freedom) had received the Prix Littéraire du Quartier Latin, "we don't have to introduce Catherine Hermary-Vieille anymore. With all her success... her talent is unanimously recognized."
It is indeed! With more than two decades of stirring prose behind her, some eighteen books to her credit, many already in translation, copies sold by the hundreds of thousands, sufficient critical attention and literary awards to arouse the interest of even the most successful writer, Catherine Hermary-Vieille is at the top of her game. Yet, far be it from her to rest on her laurels. While the notion of a fine wine over time comes to mind, it seems woefully inadequate as a characterization of this remarkably gifted, creative writer whose perspicacity and attention to detail have been the hallmark of a distinguished career.
Right from the beginning with Le Grand Vizir de la Nuit (which captured the Prix Fémina in 1981) her writing assumed that most hallowed of French traditions-- le mot juste-- and did so in a rather unpretentious way. Whether they know her as a biographer (in La Marquise des Ombres, the saga of a famous murderess or the tragic destinies of Romy and Lola), a journalist (her numerous articles in such notable publications as Le Figaro, Paris Match, or Gala), a reporter (especially her insightful communiqués from Lebanon for Jours de France), or an editor (her deft contributions to the film productions of Gilles Carle and Alain Jessuah), her readers have steadily grown in number through the years. They have come to appreciate that distinctive clarity and penetrating insight that her writing brings to whatever subject captures her gaze.
Le Grand Vizir de la Nuit, Gallimard, 1981. Translated as The Grand Vizir of the Night by Charles Penwarden, Quartet, 1988.
L'Epiphanie des Dieux, Gallimard, 1983.
La Marquise des Ombres, Olivier Orban, 1983.
L'Infidèle, Gallimard, 1985.
Romy, Olivier Orban, 1986.
Le Jardin des Henderson, Gallimard, 1988.
Le Rivage des Adieux, Pygmalion, 1990.
Un Amour Fou, Olivier Orban, 1990.
La Piste des Turquoises, Flammarion, 1992.
La Pointe aux Tortues, Flammarion, 1994.
Lola, Plon, 1994.
L'Initié, Plon, 1996.
Le Salon de Conversation, Lattes, 1997.
L'Ange noir, Plon, 1998.
Les dames de Brières, Albin Michel, 1999.
L'étang du diable, Albin Michel, 2000.
La fille du feu, Le Grand livre du mois, 2000.
La Bourbonnaise, Albin Michel, 2001.
Top customer reviews
Turner is explained in the light of the times and social milieu in which he lived. The reasons for the revolt that terrorized rural Virginia in the 1830's are clearly detailed and elucidated to the reader.
The book is a fast-paced novel that will keep any reader who is interested in the pre-Civil War underpinnings of slavery totally engrossed.
I highly recommend this book.