About the Author
Fred D’Aguiar was born in 1960 in London to Guyanese parents, and lived in Guyana until he was twelve, returning to the UK in 1972. He read African and Caribbean Studies at the University of Kent, and graduated in 1985. He established a reputation as a British poet, novelist and playwright. The Longest Memory his first novel was published in 1994.
Biographical information can be found at the faculty of english
Slavery- Crash course in US history.
John Green talks about slavery.
Here is a great link to a site for revision of quotes by character.
About the novel
The Longest Memory is set in the time before the American Civil War and is told by many different people. It is set on a plantation and explores life from the viewpoint of slave and master.
Malcolm X talks about the practice of African Americans taking the name of their slave masters.
Follow the link to a review, "Forbidden fruit of black on white", by Ruth Padel, July 24th 1994.