Zora Neale Hurston
HQ, 208 pages, €12.60
This never-before-published work, from the acclaimed African-American who died in 1960, brilliantly illuminates the tragedy of slavery and one life forever defined by it.
Subtitled The Story of the Last Slave, it tells the gripping true story of one of the last survivors of the Atlantic Slave Trade and his fight for freedom. After being illegally smuggled as “Black Cargo” 50 years after the abolition of slavery, Cudjo Lewis spent nearly six years in captivity before being finally emancipated. In Hurston’s words, he casts light on the circumstances of his capture and his detention in a barracoon — a slave barracks — before embarking on his journey through the Middle Passage to his arrival in the Unites States on the Alabama River.