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Kindred is a novel by American writer Octavia E. Butler that incorporates time travel and is modeled on slave narratives. First published in 1979, it is still widely popular. It has been frequently chosen as a text for community-wide reading programs and book organizations, as well as being a common choice for high school and college courses. While most of Butler's work is classified as science fiction, Kindred is considered to cross genre boundaries. It has been classified also as literature or African-American literature. Butler has categorized the work as "a kind of grim fantasy."

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  • Kindred is a novel by American writer Octavia E. Butler that incorporates time travel and is modeled on slave narratives. First published in 1979, it is still widely popular. It has been frequently chosen as a text for community-wide reading programs and book organizations, as well as being a common choice for high school and college courses. The book is the first-person account of a young African-American woman writer, Dana, who finds herself being shunted in time between her Los Angeles, California home in 1976 and a pre-Civil War Maryland plantation. There she meets her ancestors: a proud black freewoman and a white planter who has forced her into slavery and concubinage. As Dana's stays in the past become longer, the young woman becomes intimately entangled with the plantation community. She makes hard choices to survive slavery and to ensure her return to her own time. Kindred explores the dynamics and dilemmas of antebellum slavery from the sensibility of a late 20th-century black woman, who is aware of its legacy in contemporary American society. Through the two interracial couples who form the emotional core of the story, the novel also explores the intersection of power, gender, and race issues, and speculates on the prospects of future egalitarianism. While most of Butler's work is classified as science fiction, Kindred is considered to cross genre boundaries. It has been classified also as literature or African-American literature. Butler has categorized the work as "a kind of grim fantasy." (en)
  • Kindred (adaptado no Brasil como Kindred: Laços de Sangue é um romance histórico da escritora norte-americana Octavia E. Butler, que incorpora viagens no tempo e é modelado em narrativas escravas. Publicado pela primeira vez em 1979, ainda é muito popular. Ele é frequentemente escolhido como o texto para programas de leitura em toda a comunidade e organizações de livros, além de ser uma escolha comum para cursos de ensino médio e superior. O livro é o relato em primeira pessoa de uma jovem escritora afro-americana, Dana, que se vê sendo desviada no tempo entre sua casa em Los Angeles, Califórnia, em 1976, e uma fazenda pré-Guerra Civil de Maryland. Lá ela conhece seus ancestrais: uma mulher negra orgulhosa e um plantador branco que a forçou a ser escrava e concubinadora. Como a permanência de Dana no passado se torna mais longa, a jovem se envolve intimamente com a comunidade agrícola. Ela faz escolhas difíceis para sobreviver à escravidão e garantir seu retorno ao seu próprio tempo. Kindred explora a dinâmica e os dilemas da escravidão pré-guerra a partir da sensibilidade de uma mulher negra do final do século XX, que está ciente de seu legado na sociedade americana contemporânea. Através dos dois casais inter-raciais que formam o núcleo emocional da história, o romance também explora a interseção de questões de poder, gênero e raça, e especula sobre as perspectivas do futuro igualitarismo. Enquanto a maioria do trabalho de Butler é classificado como ficção científica, Kindred é considerado um dos que ultrapassam os limites disciplinares. Foi classificado também como literatura ou . Butler classificou o trabalho como "uma espécie de fantasia sombria". (pt)
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  • 813/.5/4
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  • 0-385-15059-8
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  • PZ4.B98674 Ki PS3552.U827
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  • First edition cover of Kindred (en)
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  • PZ4.B98674 Ki PS3552.U827 (en)
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  • United States (en)
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  • Larry Schwinger (en)
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  • neo-slave narrative using science fiction framework (en)
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  • English (en)
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  • After briefly considering giving in to Rufus' sexual advances, Dana steels herself to stab him: "I could feel the knife in my hand, still slippery with perspiration. A slave was a slave. Anything could be done to her. And Rufus was Rufus— erratic, alternately generous and vicious. I could accept him as my ancestor, my younger brother, my friend, but not as my master, and not as my lover." (en)
  • Kevin and Dana differing in their perspectives of the 19th Century: "This could be a great time to live in," Kevin said once. "I keep thinking what an experience it would be to stay in it— go West and watch the building of the country, see how much of the Old West mythology is true." "West," I said bitterly. "That’s where they’re doing it to the Indians instead of the blacks!" He looked at me strangely. He had been doing that a lot lately." (en)
  • Rufus expressing his "destructive single-minded love" for Alice in a conversation with Dana: "I begged her not to go with him," he said quietly. "Do you hear me, I begged her!" I said nothing. I was beginning to realize that he loved the woman— to her misfortune. There was no shame in raping a black woman, but there could be shame in loving one. "I didn’t want to just drag her off into the bushes," said Rufus. "I never wanted it to be like that. But she kept saying no. I could have had her in the bushes years ago if that was all I wanted." ... "If I lived in your time, I would have married her. Or tried to." (en)
  • Dana obeying Rufus' instructions to burn her paperback on the history of slavery in America: "The fire flared up and swallowed the dry paper, and I found my thoughts shifting to Nazi book burnings. Repressive societies always seemed to understand the danger of ‘wrong’ ideas." (en)
  • Dana reporting on the slaves’ attitude toward Rufus as slavemaster: "Strangely, they seemed to like him, hold him in contempt, and fear him all at the same time." (en)
  • Dana explains to Kevin that she will not allow Rufus to turn her into property: "I am not a horse or a sack of wheat. If I have to seem to be property, if I have to accept limits on my freedom for Rufus's sake, then he also has to accept limits - on his behavior towards me. He has to leave me enough control of my own life to make living look better to me than killing and dying." (en)
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  • June 1979 (en)
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  • Kindred, page 124. (en)
  • Kindred, page 141. (en)
  • Kindred, page 229. (en)
  • Kindred, page 246. (en)
  • Kindred, page 260. (en)
  • Kindred, page 97. (en)
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  • French (en)
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  • Doubleday
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  • Kindred is a novel by American writer Octavia E. Butler that incorporates time travel and is modeled on slave narratives. First published in 1979, it is still widely popular. It has been frequently chosen as a text for community-wide reading programs and book organizations, as well as being a common choice for high school and college courses. While most of Butler's work is classified as science fiction, Kindred is considered to cross genre boundaries. It has been classified also as literature or African-American literature. Butler has categorized the work as "a kind of grim fantasy." (en)
  • Kindred (adaptado no Brasil como Kindred: Laços de Sangue é um romance histórico da escritora norte-americana Octavia E. Butler, que incorpora viagens no tempo e é modelado em narrativas escravas. Publicado pela primeira vez em 1979, ainda é muito popular. Ele é frequentemente escolhido como o texto para programas de leitura em toda a comunidade e organizações de livros, além de ser uma escolha comum para cursos de ensino médio e superior. (pt)
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