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Abeng

(1984)
(The first book in the Abeng series)
A novel by

 
A lyrical coming-of-age story and a provocative retelling of the colonial history of Jamaica

Originally published in 1984, this critically acclaimed novel is the story of Clare Savage, a light-skinned, twelve-year-old, middle-class girl growing up in Jamaica in the 1950s. As she tries to find her own identity and place in her culture, Clare carries the burden of her mixed heritage. There are the Maroons, who used the conch shell - the abeng - to pass messages as they fought against their English enslavers. And there is her white great-great-grandfather, Judge Savage, who burned his hundred slaves on the eve of their emancipation. In Clare's struggle to reconcile the conflicting legacies of her own personal lineage, esteemed Caribbean author Michelle Cliff dramatically confronts the cultural and psychological violence inflicted upon the island and its people by colonialism.

 

Hardback Editions

February 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: Abeng: A Novel (The Crossing Press Feminist Series)
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-89594-140-6 / 978-0-89594-140-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crossing Pr
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Paperback Editions

September 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: Abeng
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-452-27483-4 / 978-0-452-27483-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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November 1991 : UK Paperback
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Title: Abeng
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-14-015314-4 / 978-0-14-015314-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin UK
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 1990 : USA Paperback
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Title: Cliff Michelle : Abeng (Pbk)
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-525-48569-4 / 978-0-525-48569-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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October 1984 : USA Paperback
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Title: Abeng
Author(s): Michelle Cliff
ISBN: 0-89594-139-2 / 978-0-89594-139-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crossing Press,U.S.
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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