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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Wrap Has Light Shelfwear edition (1 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007195303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007195305
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A very moving epic' Andrea Levy, author of Small Island

'Majestic …[its] cumulative effect devastates' Daily Telegraph

'A moral epic, skilfully and sensitively constructed' Sunday Times

'A powerful experience … rich in character and plot' Guardian

'A masterpiece' Time Magazine

‘Jones immerses us in a world of slaves and slave owners with unerring mastery' Geoff Dyer, Telegraph Books of the Year

An engrossing epic tale. The indications of what's to come mean a sense of doom hang over this beautifully crafted tale, people with luminous characters. It's a moving look at the moral complexities of slavery.' Metro

‘The Known World is an achievement of epic scope and architectural construction, which nonetheless reads like a string of folk tales told by someone slyly watching for your reaction – tales told by a conjurer who distracts you so well that you never know what hit you.’ New York Times

‘The best new work of American fiction to cross my desk in years.’ Washington Post

‘Jones has woven nothing less than a tapestry of slavery, an artifact as vast and complex as anything to be found in the Louvre. Every thread is perfectly in place … The first paragraph exquisitely connects, nearly 400 pages later, with the last. Against all the evidence to the contrary that American fiction has given us over the past quarter-century, The Known World affirms that the novel does matter, that it can still speak to us as nothing else can.’ Houston Chronicle

About the Author

Edward P. Jones won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was nominated for the National Book Award for his debut collection of stories, Lost in the City.


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