The free negress Elisabeth

Translated by Brian Doyle
Cynthia Mc Leod

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She was an eighteen-century black Surinamese woman worth millions of dollars. But she sought the forbidden: to marry a white man. Why, when she already had so much?

Elisabeth Samson’s immense wealth puzzled many early historians who concluded that it could only have been the result of an inheritance from a master with whom she had lived and by whom she had been set free. After all, how could a woman during a period of slavery and institutionalized discrimination have accumulated so much wealth? And why, then, was she so eager to marry a white man in a time when whites established their own rules and standards for all?

The novel is set in eighteen-century Dutch Guiana (Suriname) where it was not unsual for a white man to solicit black women. Instead, we remain intrigued with this mysterious, fascinating, and intelligent black woman’s dream of marrying a white man, in defiance of all norms and conventions, to gain the acceptance she craves in Dutch colonial society.

‘A wonderful picture of colonial Suriname in the eighteen’s century’ – Surplus
‘An invaluable story’ – Thea Detiger in De Telegraaf

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ISBN: 978 90 5429 406 0
Uitvoering: Gebrocheerd, 320 pagina's
Rubriek(en):
Engels Historische romans Suriname Surinaamse klassieken

Cynthia Mc Leod
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