The Emperor's Babe: A Novel by Bernardine Evaristo

The Emperor's Babe: A Novel

byBernardine Evaristo

Kobo ebook | April 25, 2002

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The Emperor's Babe is Bernardine Evaristo's unique lyrical portrait of Roman London

Meet Zuleika: sassy girl about town, hellraiser, bored ex-child-bride, black Roman in Londinium, AD 211. In the place (and time) to be . . .

Through the bustling, hustling city, its slum tenements and sumptuous villas, we follow Zuleika, feisty and precocious daughter of Sudanese immigrants made good. Married to a fat, rich absent Roman, she is stranded in luxurious neglect, until, one day, Septimus Severus, the Emperor himself, comes to town, bringing with him not just love - but danger . . .

Funky and funny, sexy and moving, this novel in verse is a triumph of imaginative writing - and of sheer lyrical and emotional vitality.

'A heroine of ancient times for the modern age . . . a glittering fiction whose words leap off the page into life. Brilliant'The Times

'Funny, engaging and daring'Independent on Sunday

'Exhilarating . . . wildly entertaining then deeply affecting'Ali Smith

'Adventurous, compelling and utterly original. You won't read another book like it this year'The Times

Bernardine Evaristo is the author of three critically acclaimed 'verse novels' - Lara, The Emperor's Babe (which won the Arts Council Award in 2000) and Soul Tourists - and twoprose novels, Blonde Roots and Mr Loverman. Evaristo is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, and was awarded an MBE in 2009. She lives in London.

Title:The Emperor's Babe: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:April 25, 2002Publisher:Penguin Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141904623

ISBN - 13:9780141904627

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Emperor's Babe by Bernardine Evaristo Wow first of all I think the edition I had definitely had the best cover. But anyway. This book feels like somebody's thesis that didn't get enough of a tightening-up before publication. I love the core idea so much--the main character, Zuleika is the daughter of Nubian immigrants to Roman Londinium, and the book chronicles her life through verse, since she's an aspiring poet--but this really feels like round one of something, where you find an old thing you wrote in high school or early college and dust it off and think hey, this could've been something, let me pick it back up again and give it the treatment it deserves!
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