Beloved | Folio Illustrated Book
Toni Morrison is the author of such novels as THE BLUEST EYE ..
Toni Morrison published Jazz in 1992 and was awarded the in 1993. Paradise was published in 1998 and Love in 2003. Beloved was made into a film in 1998 starring and Danny Glover.
Books by Toni Morrison (Author of Beloved)
• There is really nothing more to say -- except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how. (from The Bluest Eye)
Toni Morrison And The Pursuit Of An African-American Identity
Underlying Beloved’s many hauntings – literal and metaphorical – are the stark realities of slavery, every bit as brutal as the experience of stoical Sethe and her kin. Morrison’s many-layered narrative gradually tells their story, revealing the bonds that tie them to each other, in life and in death, and how they strive to cope with memories of appalling abuses, losses and indignities. She evokes beautifully the complex interplay between past and present – the power of the former to govern the latter – and the profound, particular difficulties of navigating the world as a former slave, of developing a sense of identity: ‘Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.’ The novel’s magical and mythical elements, which the characters largely perceive without surprise, serve to heighten its realism.
Dismemberment in the Fiction of Toni Morrison
As extraordinary as the character who inspires its title, Beloved is seminal both in its stylistic achievements and its searing depiction of the lives of African Americans under slavery. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988, and in a 2006 New York Times survey was ranked the nation’s best work of fiction of the past 25 years. At its daring, startling heart lies the image of infanticide – an act of paradoxical violence by which an escaped slave, Sethe, saves her child from a life like her own. Unnamed, the baby is buried in a grave marked ‘Beloved’, but her time among the living has not drawn to an end.