Corregidora

Corregidora

Here is Gayl Jones's classic novel, the tale of blues singer Ursa, consumed by her hatred of the nineteenth-century slave master who fathered both her grandmother and mother.

From the back cover: "History and fiction have yielded little about those black slave women who were mistress and breeder to their white owners. There are some facts and figures, but they tell us nothing about the women themselves: their motives, their emotions, and the memories they passed on to their children. Gayl Jones's first novel is a gripping portrait of this harsh sexual and psychological genealogy....Jones's language is subtle and sinewy, and her imagination sure." —Margo Jefferson, Newsweek

Title:Corregidora
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780807063156
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    Corregidora Reviews

  • Rowena

    "You asked me how did I get so beautiful. It wasn't him. No, not Corregidora. And my spirit, you said, like knives dancing. My veins are centuries meeting." There are some books that are just so merci...

  • Paul

    This is Gayl Jones’s first novel, published in 1975. It is set in the 1940s, with a brief move forward to the 1960s at the end. It also moves back to Brazil and a Portuguese slave owner called Simon...

  • Read By RodKelly

    So much packed into a novel of less than 200 pages: inherited and generational trauma and the weight of bearing witness; the trauma of remembering and feeding the memory of horrific sexual violation; ...

  • Eric Anderson

    I’m ashamed to say I hadn’t come across Gayl Jones’ writing before learning about this new edition of “Corregidora” being reissued by Virago Modern Classics. It was originally published in 1...

  • Jonathan

    I don’t know. If you can read this without feeling nauseous from the pain and brutality it expresses, then something is wrong with you ...

  • Christy

    Corregidora is an intense exploration of sex, desire, and history. Ursa, the protagonist, struggles with her own sexuality, her womanhood, and her responsibility to bear witness to the horrible histor...

  • Aubrey

    I wanted a song that would touch me, touch my life and theirs. A Portuguese song, but not a Portuguese song. A new world song. A song branded with the new world. I thought of the girl who had to sl...

  • Missy J

    Warning!This is not for the faint-hearted. Gayl Jones wrote a very dark and painful novel here. Ursa, a blues singer is repeatedly told by her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother "to make genera...

  • Timothy Urges

    I am Ursa Corregidora. I have tears for eyes. I was made to touch my past at an early age. I found it on my mother’s tiddies. In her milk. Let no one pollute my music. I will dig out their temples. ...

  • Jay Sandover

    "Are you still there?"This is a beautiful novel about bearing witness and bearing witnesses, asking questions and listening to the answers, about American history, slavery and personal history. It eng...