Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants.

'Whitehead is on a roll: the reviews have been sublime'  Guardian

'Luminous, furious, wildly inventive'  Observer

'Hands down one of the best, if not the best, book I've read this year' Stylist

'Dazzling'  New York Review of Books


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ISBN/EAN 9780349726809
Author Colson Whitehead
Publisher Little Brown
Imprint Fleet
Publication date 29 Apr 2021
Format Paperback
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The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad is at once the story of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shatteringly powerful meditation on history.

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