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Georges (Modern Library Classics)


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Long out of print in America, Alexandre Dumass most daring narrative is now available in this major new translation by Tina A. Kover. Filled with intrigue, romance, and deadly vengeance, Georges is the story of a wealthy mulatto boy who is driven from his island home by racist landowners. Returning to Mauritius as an accomplished young man, Georges pits his strength against a powerful plantation owner, leading a dramatic slave uprising and claiming the heart of a beautiful white woman. Georges stands apart as the only book by Dumas that explores the potent subject of race.

Praise for Georges:

“A rousing and vivid adventure . . . packed with action and atmosphere.”

-The Columbus Dispatch

“A remarkable discovery . . . We are indebted to Werner Sollors and Jamaica Kincaid for providing us with a critical lens for the journey Dumas has created out of his own generous and expansive imagination.”

-Rudolph P. Byrd, Emory University

“As compelling and relevant today as it was back in the 1840s, when it was first published.”

-Adrienne Kennedy, author of Funnyhouse of a Negro

About the Author

Alexandre Dumas (1802-70), one of the most popular writers of all time, is the author of The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, and The Knight of Maison-Rouge (all available from the Modern Library), along with dozens of other works of every genre. His remains were recently removed to the Pantheon, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a French writer.

Tina A. Kover has worked as a translator in the United States and Europe for more than ten years. Her first literary translation, George Sands The Black City, was published in 2004.

Werner Sollors teaches African American studies, English, and comparative literature at Harvard University. He is the author of Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Culture and Neither Black Nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature and editor of Theories of Ethnicity: A Classical Reader; The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans as Told by Themselves and An Anthology of Interracial Literature: Black-White Contacts in the Old World and the New.

Jamaica Kincaid is the acclaimed author of many books, including Annie John, A Small Place, and Lucy. She lives in Vermont.

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Erica Corbett, March 29, 2010 (view all comments by Erica Corbett)
"Georges" is both an interesting comment on race and views of race in the nineteenth-century colonial world, and a deeply enjoyable read. Dumas, himself of part-African ancestry, shows the unfair treatment mixed-race individuals received at the hands of "pure" Europeans. He also showed that people of African or Indian descent could be noble and honorable. However, the book is not a simple "racism bad; tolerance good" book - Dumas seems relatively untroubled by the fact that Pierre Munier (himself of mixed race) owned slaved, apparently because Munier "treated them well." (Also, at other places, Dumas refers to them as "poor savages" - which will make 21st century readers cringe).

That said, all matters of race aside, "Georges" is just a rollicking good story. It is filled with excitement. The main character is interesting in that he has built himself up to be a sort of super-man, strong and tough and resistant....except to the charms of Sara, who is "promised" to another man. It has characters you can cheer for and characters you can hiss at. There is a hurricane, and sea battles, and a slave uprising. And it's all set on the island of Mauritius, a location probably few outside of the Indian Ocean region know anything about.

This translation seems particularly good; it is lively and exciting and the story really came to life.
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Product Details

Dumas, Alexandre
Modern Library
Kover, Tina
Sollors, Werner
Kover, Tina
Kincaid, Jamaica
Sollors, Werner
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
Modern Library Classics
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Grade Level:
8 x 5.15 x 0.7 in 0.6 lb

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