Lara has ratings and 7 reviews. Tisa said: Bernadine Evaristo is wildly talented. Lara is a novel in verse, and tells the story of two young people w. Lara is a powerful semi-autobiographical novel-in-verse based on Bernardine Evaristo’s own childhood and family history. The eponymous. says Lara, the heroine of Bernadine Evaristo’s first novel in verse. “I flung my head back. ‘Marriage?/I love the F-word too much, you know.

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Marian May Hawk rated it really liked it Apr lata, Her second verse novel, The Emperor’s Babe, looks quite strict when you pick it up.

Ecaristo Look at what arrived in the post this mild London December morning! No trivia or quizzes yet. The eponymous Lara is a mixed-race girl raised in Woolwich, a white suburb of Brrnardine, during the 60s and 70s.

Its mix of dance, drama and verse came to be called “choreopoetry”. Bernardine has also written for theatre, radio, print media and for a multi-media collaboration Cityscapes with saxophonist Andy Sheppard and pianist Joanna MacGregor for the City of London Festival in Retrieved 9 September In handling this complex genealogy the narrative travels across time and space, transcending the confines of suburban larra.

Now she is making the transition from verse to prose. The verse form works well and serves to highlight some key points in the text.

Bernardine Evaristo

Karissa Hamilton rated evarjsto it was ok Sep 04, I mention this, and she leaps poetically to her heroine’s defence. She says she does readings “to support the work – it’s not an end in itself”. Enter your email address to subscribe: However, her more recent work combines in striking and intricate ways the genres of drama, poetry and prose, collapsing the boundaries between them to create what might be described as novels-in-verse.

If Evaristo’s writing is notable for the extent to which it transgresses the boundaries of the nation, then it is just as remarkable for the extent to which it challenges the traditional boundaries of literary genre. Recording the History of Alternative Theatre.


A writer’s life: Bernadine Evaristo

One of the girls in my class was doing an O-level in social studies or something. The fragmented lyrical style perfectly suits the nature of reminiscence and evokes a haunting and moving sense of displacement. The Emperor’s Babe uses this life cleverly to lra the neglected early history of the Black experience in Britain.

Indeed, Zuleika owns a couple of slaves, and treats them harshly. Evaristo’s stylish, early experimental fictions promise much. Monday 31 December The scope of this novel is ambitious and goes back several generations in Lara’s family to reveal a variety of cultural origins that blend and swirl together to confuse Bernarrdine own sense of cultural identity.

Evaristo is the author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. Alex Pryce rated it really liked it Jul 04, To subscribe to the newsletter, until further notice, please press the subscribe button.

Aug 04, Nathalie rated it really liked it Shelves: She is the fourth of eight children born bernarvine her English mother who was a schoolteacher and her Nigerian father, who migrated to Britain in and became a welder and local Labour councillor. Sebnem rated it it was amazing May 05, I am amazed how powerful this book is and how much history it packs into its pages.

Her father, Taiwo, is Nigerian, and her mother, Ellen, is white British. Evaristo is managing to have it both ways – to apply her knowledge of history, ancient and recent, and to let rip with it. Sarah Hymas created this video collage of Bernardine Evaristo’s family photographs going back over generations featuring the people who inspired her verse novel Lara.

Lara is their fourth child and we follow her journey from restricted childhood to conflicted early adulthood, and then from London to Nigeria to Brazil as she seeks to understand herself and her ancestry. The poetry came naturally but to see that was a kind of affirmation that it was a form that could work.


A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life. She was also editor of FrontSeat intercultural magazine in the s.

Because of its classical theme, I thought I’d show off and ask her if the two-line stanzas were a tribute to Ovid’s brand of elegiac couplets.

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Through Lara we discover the complex past and present, as she grows up in the 60s and 70s, a mixed race child in London. Evaristo’s writing is clearly energised by her own plural, diasporic larra which marks her as both a British and a post-colonial writer.

Lisa rated it liked it Dec 29, Once she’d examined her own childhood and grilled her parents on theirs, her researches took her to Nigeria and Brazil. Kourtney rated it liked it Apr bernaardine, Return to Book Page.

Her narratives raise crucial questions around what it means to be ‘here’, producing post-national landscapes in which Britain appears as the crossroads for a series of global movements and migrations. Refresh and try again. She wouldn’t mind getting down to some sonnets either. Lara is a novel in verse, and tells the story of two young people who fall in love ebrnardine 50s London.

In the s, together with Paulette Randall and Patricia Hilaire, she founded Theatre evarixto Black Women, [29] Britain’s first such theatre company, formed at a time when there were limited acting opportunities for black women in British theatre and film.