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An excellent look at slavery
von S. Fischer am 24.05.2010
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Dana is a modern and liberated black woman in 1970s USA. She is married to a white man, which led to problems with both her and his family, but the two are happy and live their lives just as they want to. Then one day, Dana suddenly gets dizzy... Dana is a modern and liberated black woman in 1970s USA. She is married to a white man, which led to problems with both her and his family, but the two are happy and live their lives just as they want to. Then one day, Dana suddenly gets dizzy and before her husband can help her, she finds herself not in their house but at a river where a white child is drowning. She can save the boy, Rufus, and is suddenly returned home when the boy's father points a gun at her. Neither she nor her husband can explain or understand what's going on. As she gets pulled back to Rufus several more times he's in danger, things become clearer. Rufus is one of Dana's ancestors who lived in the American South as the son of the owner of a slave plantation. Unless she wants to risk her own existence, she has to keep him alive, which becomes more and more difficult as he becomes older and takes greater risks - and turns more and more into a white master his peers expect him to be. And as a black woman in this time and place, she is far from safe herself. The only way for her to return is when her own life is under threat - and beatings or whippings don't fall into that category as she painfully finds out. The modern woman has to adapt to her worst nightmare - the slavery of her ancestors with all its emotional, mental and physical consequences. This is a novel that has gripped me again and again for over 20 years. The time travel is used very well to show the contrast between past and present and how easy it is to judge in hindsight - but a lot more difficult to actually keep your dignity and withstand a society in which one race was seen as little more than cattle by the other, a dehumanizing situation for both sides. It's an excellent book by one of the few black authors of fantastic literature and I recommend it highly.