Andrea Levy: The Long Song (2150 words)


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The Long Song is the fifth and final novel by British author Andrea Levy. While Levy’s previous four novels had focused, respectively, on the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1940s, and had been set predominantly (although not exclusively) in Britain, The Long Song is set in the nineteenth century on a sugarcane plantation in colonial Jamaica. The product of Levy’s increasing interest in the historical relationship between Britain and the Caribbean, the novel was meticulously researched. It won the 2011 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize. It is widely studied both in the UK and internationally and, like all of Levy’s work, is the focus of a significant …

Citation: Perfect, Michael. "The Long Song". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 February 2020 [, accessed 25 September 2020.]

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