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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Other than at Brunel, Evaristo has taught creative writing in a variety of settings since It begins with the forms she uses.

She did this survey where she asked all the other girls in the class whether they’d live next to a black family, and then came and told me the result. However, the lar is not as historically or geographically limited as such an account suggests.

Dec 23, Tisa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Evaristo evaristoo the author of eight books of fiction and verse fiction that explore aspects of the African diaspora. It’s the story of a black girl, a Numidian immigrant to ancient London, who ends up making out and mud-wrestling with Septimius Severus.


A writer’s life: Bernadine Evaristo

Two of her books have been adapted into BBC Radio 4 dramas. Want to Read saving…. She wouldn’t mind getting down to some sonnets either. This past, which historians like Peter Fryer have traced back to Roman times, is brought to life in Evaristo’s wonderfully inventive verse novel.

Bernardine Evaristo

For Evaristo to be ‘Black’ and ‘British’ is not a contradiction. The phrase ‘novel-in-verse’ tends to make my heart sink, laea I began reading with some reluctance. She also represented Britain, with the novelist Glenn Patterson, on Literaturexpress Europawhich took European writers through 11 European countries over six weeks by train, travelling from Portugal to Berlin via Belgium, the Baltics and Russia. Sign Up to the Newsletter.

Bernardine Evaristo – Literature

For detailed information, please refer to the privacy section of our website or contact your local British Council office. This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat When Evaristo knew the area, though, she didn’t find it dangerous, “but it was one of those very small-minded places.

Blending lyrical poetry and fictional prose, fact and fantasy, history and myth, Evaristo’s exuberant debut defies easy or singular definition.

Didn’t always enjoy the language used although there was some beautiful prose scattered in it, that really moved me but this was a truly immersive book.


Sebnem rated it it was amazing May 05, I can jump from one period to another, and not have to fill in the intervening gaps, except a couple of lines. And Evaristo, like Lara, grew up in south London. Because of its classical theme, I thought I’d show off and ask her if lraa two-line stanzas were a tribute to Ovid’s brand of elegiac couplets.

Bernadine Evaristo …on the crossroads of culture”. In the s, together with Paulette Randall and Bernzrdine Hilaire, she founded Theatre of 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.

A writer’s life: Bernadine Evaristo – Telegraph

Now that I feel confident with my own voice, I feel, OK, let’s see what different sorts of structure I can apply to my own work. Tia Phillip rated it it was amazing Nov 30, We do this in our legitimate interest. A f… 1 days ago Reply Retweet Favorite. Evaristo is managing to have it both ways – to apply her knowledge of history, ancient and recent, and to let rip with it.

BernardineEvari See you there! She is the author of two critically-acclaimed novels-in-verse: A comparison with Zuleika is irresistible. Paperbackpages.