Slave Old Man (Hardcover)

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"Slave Old Man is a cloudburst of a novel, swift and compressed-- but every page pulses, blood-warm. . . . The prose is so electrifyingly synesthetic that, on more than one occasion, I found myself stopping to rub my eyes in disbelief."
--Parul Seghal, The New York Times

"Mr. Chamoiseau writes in a wild medley of French and Creole, sliding from dialect to classical expression like a freeform jazz musician. Linda Coverdale's translation, the first in English, is gloriously unshackled. . . . This is a] beautiful book, by a writer who's as original as any I've read all year."
--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

An Editor's Choice of The New York Times Book Review

Included in Vanity Fair's "What to Read in May"

Included in Buzzfeed's "30 Exciting New Books To Add To Your Summer Reading List"

Included in The Millions's "May Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)"

Named one of the "Most Anticipated Fiction Books of 2018" by the Chicago Review of Books

From a Prix Goncourt writer hailed by Milan Kundera as the "heir of Joyce and Kafka," a gripping story of an escaped slave in Martinique and the killer hound that pursues him

From one of the most innovative and subversive novelists writing in French, a "writer of exceptional and original gifts" (The New York Times), whose Texaco won the Prix Goncourt and has been translated into fourteen languages, Patrick Chamoiseau's Slave Old Man is a gripping, profoundly unsettling story of an elderly slave's daring escape into the wild from a plantation in Martinique, with his master and a fearsome hound on his heels.

We follow them into a lush rain forest where nature is beyond all human control: sinister, yet entrancing and even exhilarating, because the old man's flight to freedom will transform them all in truly astonishing--even otherworldly--ways, as the overwhelming physical presence of the forest reshapes reality and time itself. Chamoiseau's exquisitely rendered new novel is an adventure for all time, one that fearlessly portrays the demonic cruelties of the slave trade and its human costs in vivid, sometimes hallucinatory prose. Offering a loving and mischievous tribute to the Creole culture of Martinique and brilliantly translated by Linda Coverdale, this novel takes us on a unique and moving journey into the heart of Caribbean history.

About the Author


Born in Martinique, Patrick Chamoiseau is the author of Texaco, which won the Prix Goncourt and was a New York Times Notable Book, as well as Creole Folktakes, among other works. Linda Coverdale has a Ph.D. in French Studies from the Johns Hopkins University and has translated more than seventy books. A Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, she has won the 2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the 2006 Scott Moncrieff Prize, and received the French-American Foundation's 2008 Translation Prize for Jean Echenoz's Ravel (The New Press). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781620972953
ISBN-10: 1620972956
Publisher: New Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 176
Language: English